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Big Bad Wolf is Good Hardcover – March 1, 2002

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reSchool-K-A lonely wolf wants friends, which is not easy for someone with a big, bad reputation. He tries to be good but hardly gets out a polite greeting when Mrs. Goose and her goslings run into their house, slamming their door behind them. The wolf then decides to be useful and good, but his offer to baby-sit for Mrs. Chicken is rejected. His efforts to save baby duck result in a third slammed door-until Mrs. Duck opens it and invites the teary-eyed wolf in for tea. Full-color cartoon drawings cover most pages and spreads. In most cases, expressive faces reinforce the mood and action of the text, and the sad creature's large oval eyes, soft brown fur, and blue overalls offset his pointy teeth, snout, and ears to make him look more gentle than threatening. There are enough youngsters out there who get frightened by the multitude of big bad wolf stories so that having one around that shows a gentle side may be beneficial.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080690027X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806900278
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverley on March 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My three year old son is fascinated with the big, bad wolf. He loves the stories of The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, and many of his pretend-play games revolve around the evil antics of the big, bad wolf. When we went to the library he wanted a book about the big, bad wolf ... of course. On searching the database I found this book and thought it might be nice for him to see that even the big, bad, wolf can be good. He has really enjoyed this book about the wolf wanting to be good so someone will be his friend. On the last page the wolf asks the duck if he can be called the big, good wolf going forward, and the duck hugs him and says that he will always be the big, bad wolf, but he will always be good too. A very cute book, and if you like reading your little one's a book with a moral, this certainly has a good one.
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Format: Hardcover
With his oil painted canvas pictures, this is a book that expresses the greatness of imperfection. It's nice to see that all the lines don't have to be followed and all the areas don't have to be painted. It almost gives you that Winnie the Pooh's 100 Acre Wood feeling which is always a warm memory. The Big Bad Wolf makes a conscious decision to be good because being bad is so lonely. The poor wolf finds out that all the bad things he's done in his life are still following him regardless of his decision to be useful, good and do noble deeds. All the animals that he has been bad to assume that he is bad when they see him and don't give him a chance to prove he has really changed, they are all just afraid to get eaten. Thanks to a little lost duck, Big Bad Wolf proves to the mom and the duck's siblings that he can do good and requests, after he eats 11 cookies and drinks 3 cups of tea the mom duck offers him, that she call him the Big Good Wolf. This is a cute story about being a lonely bully who finally sees the error in his ways.

The one thing I did find strange about this story is that all the other characters besides the wolf are ducks and chicks. Isn't the Big Bad Wolf a pig terrorizer?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Poor Wolf--he's so lonely! Nobody wants to be his friend. Not the ducklings, not the goslings, not the fuzzy yellow chicks. "Perhaps it's because I'm big and scary," he thinks. "Perhaps it's because I'm bad, bad, bad." Then he has a bright idea: What if he changes his ways and becomes good? What if he does a noble deed? But, none of the animals will listen when Wolf tries to tell them about his new plan. They just flee in terror, slamming the door right in his face. Then something really awful happens: one of the ducklings disappears and everybody thinks Wolf has eaten him all up. Can the Big Bad Wolf prove he didn't have duck for dinner--and bring the lost little baby safely home? A charming and delightfully fractured fairy tale about friendship, and a wonderful example for children that a person can change, with sweet and funny illustrations that will delight youngsters over and over again.
Anchorage School District librarian
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By kamom on March 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We've had this book for several years, and the kids keep coming back to it as one of their absolute favorites. The story is about Big Bad Wolf wondering if the reason he has no friends is because he is "bad". He resolves to be "good" so that he can make friends. Understandably, the geese, ducks and chickens he tries to befriend are a bit reluctant to believe that the Big Bad Wolf is being genuine, and it is not until Big Bad Wolf performs a noble deed that he makes a friend. I really recommend this, especially for 3-4 year olds.
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