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Wolf Won't Bite! Hardcover – March 20, 2012
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"Readers who see themselves as pushed and prodded by similarly obnoxious adults will let out a sigh of relief when the wolf rebels."--Publishers Weekly
"Gravett’s impeccable pacing, sly visual clues, and clever use of white space elevate this universal story of gloating gone wrong...is reminiscent of that of Falconer’s Olivia, and it is quite possible that these three pigs would enjoy her friendship very much."--The Horn Book
"Wolf Won’t Bite! is an entertaining and original spin on the old wolf-and-pigs theme. It will delight children."--School Library Journal
"The text is appealingly rhythmic, and the repetition of the “wolf won’t bite” will encourage children to join in the reading...The compositions are as bold as the saucy pigs themselves, and the pictures will translate as well to a crowd as they will to a single child. Wolf may not bite, but the kids will eat this up."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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I have been a rabid Emily Gravett fan since I first came upon Wolves way back when. Wolves is still one of my favorite modern childrens' books, and I have adored almost all of Gravett's work since. Wolf Won't Bite!, unfortunately, falls into that not-quite-"almost" category. I can't quite figure out what she's on about here. There's obviously a cautionary-tale aspect here, but is it the tale of the frog and the scorpion? Or the three little pigs, except without houses? Or is it some sort of twisted pre-lit adaptation of Alex de la Iglesia's wonderful movie Balade Triste de Trompeta? Or... you get the idea. We don't get quite enough original source for me to be able to tell, and it's kind of maddening. That said, the story is pretty standard Gravett, with a trio of circus-performer pigs with a seemingly tame wolf they can make do all sorts of tricks, until they overstep their bounds in the most dangerous of ways. It's certainly not bad, I'm just not sure it's up to the standard of so many of Gravett's other excellent books. ***
It's a pretty basic picture book but does teach children the consequences of humiliating or hurting a pet such as a dog with the lesson eventually it's not going to just take it any more and will snap. Also maybe the lesson could apply to the school ground, if you bully a supposedly easy victim who seems to not react that eventually they will fight back. I don't know if children will immediately identify the old circus style illustrations with the past since these types of circuses have been outlawed their whole lives, but overall not a bad read.
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Great fractured fairytale! The images are really fun and it allows for great prediction--It'll be good to use with children and literacy.Published on May 5, 2013 by Bailey Girl
I like this story because it distills the "Three Little Pigs" story into it's base elements and flips it on it's head. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Some Asian Tech Guy