- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 250 (What's this?)
- Series: The Bad Guys (Book 1)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press (December 27, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545912407
- ISBN-13: 978-0545912402
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 2–4—Be prepared to hear laughter, and lots of it, as students plunge into this graphic novel hybrid. The story opens with Mr. Wolf speaking directly to the audience. Despite his "big, pointy teeth," his "razor-sharp claws," and his suspicious rap sheet filled with familiar "Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood" references, he implores readers to believe he is not a bad guy. Mr. Wolf is on a quest to persuade his carnivorous friends to be part of the Good Guys Club. Their first mission is to rescue a cat from a tree, and even though his friends think Mr. Wolf has lost his mind, they agree to help. Illustrations exaggerate the animals' sharp teeth and wide smiles as they stare up at the terrified kitty. After a few bumps in the plan (namely, Mr. Snake eating Mr. Piranha), an accidental success ensues and they move on to their grand plan of freeing 200 dogs from the pound. Expressive illustrations and typography will captivate budding readers' attention and aid in comprehension. Witty and slapstick humor coupled with menacing animal faces on a bright orange cover ensures this book will appeal to a wide audience. VERDICT Reminiscent of Aaron Reynolds's Carnivores and Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, this humorous title is highly recommended for all libraries.—Beth Parmer, New Albany Elementary Library, OH
* "[T]his book instantly joins the classic ranks of Captain Underpants and The Stinky Cheese Man. We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Top Customer Reviews
The words and vocabulary are easy to read and he loves the premise of these "bad guys" trying to be good. And of course a little bit of crude (e.g passing gas) humor also added to the merriment.
I will definitely be buying more of these. True, it's not fine literature, but he's enjoying reading and that to me is what matters.
dislike is I wish it had more parts about the gang trying to be good.I would share this book with my children and my neighbor's children.I chose this rating,because even though I loved the book I wish there was more action.