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There's a Wolf at the Door Hardcover – September 30, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432758
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.5 x 14.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2–4—Encountering three little pigs, a hungry wolf is unable to persuade Alan, Gordon, or Blake to let him into their houses. Seeking greener pastures, he sneaks up on Barry, a lonely shepherd in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," but luckily his wisecracking sheep know how to handle wolves. Rhonda, otherwise known as Little Red Riding Hood, may be willing to discuss fashion with the wolf in the woods but soon realizes that "being well dressed doesn't excuse rude behavior" to her Granny. The animal barely escapes, clad only in Granny's fluffy white rug. As "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," he has another unsuccessful try at Barry's resourceful flock. He gets his clothes back just in time to reenact "The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings," all of whom are named and loaded with personality. This hilarious romp ends with the very hungry wolf noticing a sign to Farmer McGregor's garden and contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle. Illustrated with softly colored pen-and-ink drawings, these five stories meld seamlessly together. The text is full of puns, alliteration, and occasional rhymes. Contemporary sensibilities, such as Rhonda's fixation on fashion and the counseling style of Barry's sheep, are priceless additions. The oversize format and the graphic-novel style make this retelling perfect for independent reading as well as for group sharing.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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*Starred Review* Poor Wolf. He travels through five tales in sartorial splendor—“The Three Little Pigs,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing,” and “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings—but never manages to satisfy his hunger. Each of Wolf’s intended meals trickily turns the kitchen table on him, leaving Wolf considering vegetarianism as he contemplates the sign pointing the way to Farmer McGreger’s sic garden. While the stories’ narrative paths tend to follow the originals, now they’re layered with humor. The transitions between tales, visual and verbal, extend the fun, while dialogue balloons with pithy commentary (and adaptable font size) enrich the tongue-in-cheek narrative Cannily designed, this oversize comic book features traditional cartoon boxes, but they often morph into shapes to suit the action. The cocky personalities of both animal and human characters are cleverly detailed in watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations that have a buoyant appeal. This is a giggly read-aloud as well as a snortingly funny read-alone. Hand it to the transitional or reluctant reader and listen for the laughs. Grades K-3. --Janice Del Negro

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I can't wait to read the other book written similar to this one about fairy tales!
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We found it at the library and I even enjoyed reading it (the artwork is comic-book style fantastic) that I came here to purchase our own copy.
It is great for my son, who is an early reader, because he can read most of it on his own and is at an age (5) where he can appreciate humor.

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Format: Hardcover
As the subtitle implies, this book is a retelling of five classic fairy tales from the Grimm’s school of thought, but what makes this different is that titular lupine dressed to the nines is the through-line connecting these five (usually stand alone) stories.

Whereas in most fairy retellings, the wolf of “3 Little Pigs” fame is not necessarily be the SAME wolf from “Little Red Riding Hood” or the lesser known “Goslings” story.

In this book, one wolf does it all, with some expected results, brought about in a new humorous bent.

Well, for the reader, anyway…

As you might guess from the cover credits, like the Grimm bros. original tales, this book’s a family affair between author Zoё B. and illustrator R.W. Alley, who’s illustrated the iconic Paddington Bear (soon to be a motion picture later in 2014) and countless other books.

The comic panel presentation is not a mere gimmick, but a clever and fun twist to the Grimm’s stories, and occasionally a subtle “4th wall breaking” snip of wit from our dapper anti-hero addressing the reader directly, a plot technique which sometimes puts me off as a reader but it works here.

With R.W.’s delightfully old-fashioned style, Zoё B.’s lively text mixed with contemporary comic panel format is a winning combo, and is the picture book equivalent of the various “Shakespeare” graphic novels for older readers, making classics more accessible/appealing to the modern pre-reader, and a great early non-superhero alternative introduction to reading in comic/graphic novel format.

When I first discovered this book years ago (when it first came out in 2008) the wolf’s outfit stayed with me for YEARS until I finally had the chance to get my own copy of the book a few weeks ago.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I admit it. I tend to root for the well-dressed baddies. I always have. When I was a child I would secretly root for Captain Hook over that snide, arrogant Peter Pan boy. And Cruella de Ville? Sure, I couldn't support her love of puppy-wear, but that lady knew how to wrap a stole, that's for sure. So when I see a villain with a certain personal flair and sense of style, I feel an odd sort of sympathy and connection. A sympathy and connection that definitely came up more than once while reading "There's a Wolf at the Door" by Zoe and R.W. Alley. Expertly weaving together five different fairy tales with a single (unlucky) villain, Alley & Alley create a product that's part picture book, part graphic novel, and all amusement from start to finish.

Little known fact: You know that wolf that pops up in The Three Little Pigs? How about the one in The Boy Who Cried Wolf or Little Red Riding Hood? Would you believe that it was a same guy who also appears in The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing or The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings? Turns out that this wolf has had a fairly rough and tumble day. After losing out his delicious pig dinner the furry fop tries his hand at a boy and his sheep. When the sheep prove to be smarter than the boy (no great feat) the wolf moves on to Little Red (getting a snoutful o' shoe), the sheep again (in disguise), and a houseful of goslings. Each time the wolf is thwarted in his attempts, finally deciding on a life of peaceful vegetarianism... and potential thrashing at others' hands.

We are definitely dealing with five distinct fairy tales here (with some double backing for good measure) so you may feel a little bit surprised when you find that there are only 34 pages of text here from start to finish.
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By M.B. on April 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loves this book. We found it at the library and I even enjoyed reading it (the artwork is comic-book style fantastic) that I came here to purchase our own copy. Definitely a great set of stories with excellent tie together.
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