There is something about wolves that makes them come and get you and this boardbook for pre school and juniors is one of them
However it does have an added ingredient in that it is interactive. As the wolf tries to come and get you, the reader can tilt the book to make him fall and shake the book to turn him upside down. great fun.
Illustrated in three basic colours, yellow for the sky, green for the ground and black for the wolf with the written text in red and yellow. This boardbook is as is simple and as exciting as it gets.
Don’t forget to shut the book at the end or the wolf will get you. my grand daughters laughed with delight and wanted me to read it again and again as long as they could tilt and shake the book.
Just as clever and enchanting as last years The Three Little Bears Sort of by the same pair.
This time the story of Little Red Riding Hood is dissected line by line and any anomalies in the story are questioned by a little girl in small blue polka dot pyjamas. Why was little red riding hood called that? What is a riding hood? How did the wolf swallow granny whole and then Little red riding hood as well? Surely the wof is too small to do this?
Why didn’t the wolf eat Little Red Riding Hood before going to Granny’s and how was the woodcutter so accurate as to cut open the wolf get granny and little red riding hood out without damaging them or the wolf.
Clearly the story needs thinking about.
Donovan Bixley’s illustrations are outstanding. He mixes lifelike imagery with childlike drawings and the written text is well placed throughout the illustrations. The wolf is terrific.
This will be popular and the same formula could be used by any child to dissect other nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
Good for reading, good for writing good for art and good for a laugh.
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Bk 3 The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood. Pub. Balzar & Bray, Imprint HarperCollins, 2012.
This book is a brilliant piece of writing. School Library Journal called it “Jane Eyre meets lemony Snicket”, but it is better than that because of it’s humour and savage satire of the Aristocracy in Britain in Victorian times and perhaps even today.
Not that children will notice this as they read, they will be caught up in the incredible story of the children Beowolf, Alexander and sister Cassiopeia, the Incorrigible children. Incorrigible in this instance means you cannot change their true nature.
The children were brought up by wolves in the forest on the estate of Lady and Lord Ashton, and they howl and bark from time to time. The Ashton’s take them on as a social duty and hire a kindly, intelligent young governess called Penelope Lumley. The children and Penelope have something in common as neither know who their parents were. This is one of the mysteries of the series.
Into the story comes the widow Ashton who like Lady Ashton is a complete airhead. Widow Ashton brings with her a suitor in the form of Admiral Faucet (pronounced Fawsay). He is a complete schister who does everything for personal gain unless he is forced to do otherwise.
There are wolves in it and an ostrich called Bertha. It is brilliant fun from start to finish and ideal reading for those who like lemony Snicket and shaggy dog stories.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Pub. Scholastic New York 2009.
At the age of 11, Grace was dragged off her swing by wolves while reading a book, and is saved from death by a wolf with distinctive yellow eyes. She is bitten and mauled by the wolves and this normally means that she will change into a werewolf. She doesn’t, but will she change in the future?
Sam was bitten as a child of 7 and has made the transition from human to wolf every year till his current age of about 17. Sam was the wolf that saved Grace from the wolves who attacked her when she was 7 and he has watched her from the forest ever since.
Unknown to Sam, Grace has watched him and photographed him and one day he lets her touch him. You can feel the sparks fly.
When Sam is shot as a wolf after an attack on humans by other wolves, he changes into Sam the human and is found by Grace. What follows is the growing romance between them.
Maggie Stiefvater starts every chapter with the outside temperture in degrees Farenheit . There is a reason for this that the reader needs to solve.
It is a long novel and at times dwells on the romance without much action. But there is action and tension among the wolves and amongst the humans, that will keep the reader hanging out for the ending.
This novel is not quite Mills & Boon with wolves but it is close, and this is not a criticism. Will appeal to teenagers.
I enjoyed it and I’m a big burly lad.
Little Wolf’s Book of Badness by Ian Whybrow. Pub. HarperCollins, 1995.
This book introduces Little Wolf whose parents have sent him to Cunning College to learn Uncle Bigbad’s 9 Rules of Badness. His parents have decided that he is not bad enough because he brushes his teeth and combs his fur. Big Bad Wolves just don’t do this.
What follows is a number of letters from Little Wolf to his parents pleading to return home and an account of his adventures on the way to his uncle’s Cunning College.
Even for a big kid like me this had appeal. I would read it to my children if they were young enough.
Will appeal to children from ages 7 – 10. Have a look at them