Good Little Wolf

K-Gr 1—Rolf is a good little wolf who likes baking cakes, eating his vegetables, and being nice to his friends, especially Mrs. Boggins. Then a Big Bad Wolf tells him that he is not a real wolf unless he howls at the moon, blows down houses, and eats people up. Rolf fails the first two tests, but when the BBW threatens Mrs. Boggins, he feels "an unfamiliar, wild feeling growing inside him…" and things change—for the moment. After subduing the BBW and rescuing his elderly friend, they all sit down to tea, and Rolf asks, "Will you stop eating people up?" The BBW answers, "Oh, I suppose so….I'll stop first thing tomorrow." The next illustration shows the villain with a big belly licking his chops and smiling—alone on the page. The very simple cartoon illustrations, created with pencil, ink, and collages, include rather scary-looking pictures of the sharp-toothed beast. This is not a book for sensitive preschoolers, but kindergarteners and first graders will probably enjoy the fun.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
A mild-mannered young wolf encounters the Big Bad Wolf, who challenges him to "howl at the moon," "blow houses in," and "eat people up"--in short, to behave like a "proper wolf." Shireen's illustrations make the most of the contrast between the toothy villain and the virtuous youngster in this humorous tale, which ends with a sly surprise.

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