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Mr. Wolf's Pancakes Hardcover – January 1, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

The Little Red Hen can keep her crusty old bread; Mr. Wolf has his sights on something a bit tastier--pancakes--in this picture book that celebrates comeuppance. Though Mr. Wolf fantasizes about flapjacks, he hasn't the first idea how to cook them--and he has trouble reading the Wolf It Down Recipe Book, besides. Mr. Wolf seeks assistance from his neighbors, but Chicken Little, Wee Willy Winkle, the Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs all nastily refuse. Of course, when Mr. Wolf eventually whips up the pancakes all by himself, they demand a share of his culinary creation. Mr. Wolf, seemingly forgiving, lets the marauders into the kitchen--and then gobbles them all up, with pancakes on the side. Kids will love Fearnley's (Little Robin's Christmas) use of favorite characters as well as her sympathetic wolf and the savory surprise ending. Chipper watercolors depict a sunny storybook town where denizens shop at Old Mother Hubbard's General Store and Simple Simon's Pie & Cake Emporium. A gleeful twist on a nursery staple. Ages 5-7. (Jan.)
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The tables are turned and the big bad wolf from traditional fairy tales is cast as a mild-mannered, aspiring cook in this hilarious topsy-turvy tale from Fearnley. Determined to assuage his yearning for pancakes, the gastronomically-challenged Mr. Wolf sets out to make a stack himself. However, the would-be chef discovers a staggering amount of hurdles that must be overcome before he can enjoy his repast: reading the recipe, making a list, purchasing the ingredients. Like the little red hen, Mr. Wolf requests help from his neighbors along the way, and these charactersChicken Little, Wee Willy Winkle, Gingerbread Man, and othershave shed their more benign personalities to reveal themselves as a rude, scurrilous bunch. Mr. Wolf retains his poise with each rebuff and ends up doing the work alone; when the pushy neighbors barge into his kitchen to share the food, Mr. Wolf enjoysin true fairy-tale fashionfar more than pancakes for his meal. Fearnley's light tone keeps the abrupt demise of the ill-mannered bunch from being morbid, and the switch in Mr. Wolf's demeanor, from polite to hungry, is more funny than frightful. The brightly hued illustrations conjure up an imaginary land that tickles the funnybone, where ``Little Jack's Plum Pies'' can be purchased from ``Simple Simon's Pie & Cake Emporium.'' Wryly funny and childlike. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Tiger Pr; 1st American Ed edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888444762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888444766
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dr. J. on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you and the kids are tired of sugar-sweet stories in which all the characters live happily ever after, then Jan Fearley's Mr Wolf could be just the anti-hero for you. Most of this delightful book is devoted to describing Mr Wolf's diligent efforts to assemble the ingredients for and then prepare a delicious stack of pancakes. As he is a rather inept chef with poor reading and writing skills, he seeks the advice and assistance of a host of well-known storybook characters (e.g., The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.). Unlike most tales where the large fanged one is portrayed as 'big and bad', however, it is the (apparently) naive and innocent Wolf who encounters rejection, verbal barbs and outright hostility from the nursery world's equivalent of 'the bold and the beautiful'. But after suffering their many slings and arrows, he manages to produce some of the tastiest hotcakes in town. The slightest waft of their aroma is enough to bring all of Mr Wolf's so-called 'friends' knocking on his front door. He rather sheepishly lets them into his kitchen, where they set about devouring his lovingly concocted meal. Only after they have finished off every single pancake does the devilishly clever Mr Wolf turn the tables on this ungrateful and self-serving lot. And in the wink of an eye and flip of a page, he gobbles each and every one of the good-for-nothings down, thus having his cakes and eating them too!
Three cheers for Mr Wolf - and Jan Fearnley!
John, Kate and Elena Thompson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sonyo on March 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I just picked up this book in a store and had to buy it for my friends' kids. It is a great story with a few lessons to be learned and a good dose of humor. If you like the type of quirky humor in the "Dumb Bunnies" books (by Sue Denim), you'll love Mr. Wolf's Pancakes. Your kids will laugh out loud as they pick up the lessons on manners and determination- and I dare say you will enjoy the reading as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "zuzanny" on December 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! For once the Wolf is not shown to be the bad guy! I found this to be a very positive book showing that it is not a good idea to be nasty and greedy, even to towards characters that would normally be thought of as the bad guys. (When the Wolf won in the end my entire family cheered! You go Wolf!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I don't agree with the person who said that this book has a bad moral or that it is odd. It is just suposed to be funny and it is! Don't take it so sereously.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Speech Pathologist on April 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I picked this book as a conclusion to a preschool unit on pancakes. What a delightful book. The students loved the fairy tale characters involved in the story and had fun making predictions about the end of the story. Excellent book for increasing language skills in youngsters. Parents enjoyed the book as well.
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By DD67 on September 29, 2011
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At an AR reading level of 3.4 this is a good picture book for a 3rd grader to read to themselves. I personally agree with some of the other reviews and I wouldn't choose to read this to the younger crowd(preschoolers).

If you are looking at this book to read to your daycare kids or in a group setting at a school, I would advice against it for under age 5, Some parents may not appreciate the morbid humor in the end.

3rd grade readers will find it humorous and enjoy reading about the wolf who makes the pancakes and then eats his guests. A play off of the Little Red Hen story.
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By Deb4u on May 12, 2013
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This is a funny children's book. I love to read it to my preschool class each year.
After the story, I serve them pancakes! It is a real hit with each class!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Got this as a gift.

If you want to teach your kids that when people aren't nice to them, it's okay to kill them and eat them, then this book's for you and your murderous offspring. Essentially, it's about a wolf who asks a bunch of other animals to help him make pancakes. They don't help him, so he makes the pancakes himself, then eats all the other animals who come around when they smell the pancakes. Yeah, the other animals are rude and nasty, but maybe they just knew this Wolf better than the author did.

I suppose this could be a thinly veiled critique of the welfare state, but surely we can wait a few years to introduce our kids to that stuff.

I'm not really picky with my kid's books . . . this is the first of hundreds that I've decided to just quietly tuck away on a high shelf.
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