From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—A toy wolf tries to dispel the "big and bad" myth by showing how good he is. Each spread features a short sentence about the qualities that make him so. While not really cuddly, the little wolf is friendly and smiling. The illustrations are key here, as they extend the spare story and make it come alive. Executed in pen and watercolor in a modern cartoon style, with plenty of white space around them, the tiny pictures give readers plenty to pore over. The book and the artwork are too small to share with a group, and, even one-on-one, children will have to look closely to appreciate the fine details. This title serves as a good showcase for Andres's art, and could make a sweet read-aloud for an inquisitive child.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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The narrator of this slightly surreal tale introduces himself: “I am a Good Little Wolf. Everyone says so.” The toy wolf (who could easily be an avatar for the child-listener) describes how he warms up his stuffed-animal friends, sings songs, and tells great bedtime stories. He also says, “Sometimes I tell them I’ll grow and GROW and GROW right through the roof!” indicating that his mellow exterior belies an inner “Big Bad Wolf.” Andres’ text has the conversational tone of a child offering an earnest, imagination-fueled confidence, which lends itself to dramatic reading aloud. The small-trim size of this volume suits the slyly expressive watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations; each compact, detailed image is centered on its own page, buoyantly floating in white space. Preschoolers will be reassured by the narrator’s certainty that, despite some scary “just pretend” transformations, “everybody knows I am a Good Little Wolf.” Preschool-Kindergarten. --Janice Del Negro