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Wolf! Wolf! Hardcover – March 1, 2007

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—This twisted treatment of Aesop's fable flips everything readers know about the boy who cried wolf on its head and ends up where they never would have expected. From the brushstrokes of the hand-lettered title to the pink cherry blossoms featured with the wolf and the boy on the cover, ancient China unfolds as the stage and setting for this story. In this variant, children get a little insight into the wolf's point of view: When the boy cries "WOLF! WOLF!" the slightly deaf animal believes he is being summoned. He feels tricked by the youngster when the angry villagers arrive looking for a menacing creature. The poor animal is only looking for a tasty meal, possibly one of the boy's goats since his garden has fallen into disarray. In the end, the boy gives the old wolf a goat; instead of making him a one-time-only meal, the wolf puts him to work in his garden, and the two become friends. The wolf is a fully anthropomorphized character, complete with red silk jacket and shade umbrella. The purposeful use of frames, unusual setting, and visual humor makes this an excellent addition to any collection and a particularly interesting launching point for many discussions and investigations into fractured tales.—Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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John Rocco (www.roccoart.com) studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and The School of Visual Arts. In addition to writing and illustrating four of his own picture books, including theNew York Timesbest-selling and Caldecott Honor-winning andNew York TimesbestsellingBlackout, he has created all of the cover art for Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series. He has also illustrated books by Whoopi Goldberg and Katherine Patterson. Before becoming a full-time children's book creator, he worked as an art director on "Shrek" for Dreamworks, and for Disney Imagineering. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.





John Rocco (www.roccoart.com) studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and The School of Visual Arts. In addition to writing and illustrating four of his own picture books, including theNew York Timesbest-selling and Caldecott Honor-winning andNew York TimesbestsellingBlackout, he has created all of the cover art for Rick Riordan's best-selling Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus series. He has also illustrated books by Whoopi Goldberg and Katherine Patterson. Before becoming a full-time children's book creator, he worked as an art director on "Shrek" for Dreamworks, and for Disney Imagineering. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423100123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423100126
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant updating of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" with a hip message. John Rocco's illustrations are masterful, every page a work of art. What every children's picture book should be -- thoughtful, expressive, pointed and a feast for the eyes.
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The illustrations are charming! I kept wondering as I read, if the story would be as good, and surprise, surprise! I was not disappointed! Telling a story where the traditional evil bad guy is now the protagonist is tricky. Also, one can't really mess with the original tale, now, can one? Rocco tells the story from a different point of view but at the same time he keeps the events unchanged - as far as the human characters would tell it. Now, from the point of view of the poor, old, hungry wolf, everything looks different. "This is a great set-up," I thought, as I continued to read, "but how is he going to resolve everything?" I read somewhere that a kidlit author should make the ending a surprise, and yet it should seem inevitable, once you read it, and Rocco does this brilliantly. Not only will the wolf have something to eat, he will also have new friend!
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Again another story that has been retold and surprisingly done possibly even better than the orignal and with an Asian background! To me, this story is set in China.

The story begins with the wolf who has gotten older, you see he's not as spry as he use to be and now he's taken up gardening. When you plant vegetables, flower or both and somehow lots of weeds also grow! Weeds, weeds, weeds, too many weed among garden where the thoughts going through the wolfs head when he heard, Wolf, Wolf!

Off the wolf slowly ambles in the direction of the sound thinking.... I wonder who this wolf is, only to find a young boy sitting on a rock among his grazing sheep as the villagers run up to help the boy who cried Wolf, Wolf. From here you know the next part of the story, but the ending is really cute and has a very nice and unexpected twist!

I hope you enjoy the tale, moral and the beautiful illustrations as much as I do every time I pick up this book!
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This book is very beautifully illustrated. The story is sweet and no sheep are harmed in the process! I like that I can read this to my kids without having to explain why the wolf ate the sheep and teach them that stereotypes can be broken.
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A bright updating of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

Three reasons to buy this book: diversity, pro-vegetarian, fable redone.

This retelling of the fable "do not cry wolf" is told with a kinder and broader brushstroke all the way around. It is a quick read, (perfect when multiple bedtime stories are being piled up) and starts out with the elderly wolf trying to manage his weedy garden with great discern.

After hearing a herd boy yell his name "Wolf - Wolf" and realizing the boy is an annoying prankster calling for help and not calling for him, he tries to duck out of sight as the angry townspeople come running up the hill. His gaze quickly turns upon the goats as a better option that his weed filled garden.

The boy is faced with the real wolf and the lesson of yelling and no one coming to help the prankster. The wolf makes the boy BRING a goat to his farm because he is really too old to run after a goat and ( he explains to the boy) no one will believe him again if ALL the goats are still there. So ONE goat really has to go...

The wolf returns to the farm to find that the boy lived up to the bargain AND the goat had eaten all the weeds to reveal a pile of very yummy vegetables. The wolf and the goat become fast friends. THE END

This is worth buying in hardcover and perfect for a kindergarten through second grade classroom. If you are a classroom teacher who likes to present literature that has diverse populations represented you will appreciate the Asian representation of the characters. This is a pro-vegetarian message on how the wolf chooses to eat from his garden rather than slaughter a goat.

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Reviewed by Three Silly Chicks - Readers, Writers, and Reviewers of funny books for kids.

Wolf is old, tired and friendless. He spends his days fighting a losing battle against the weeds in his garden. When he hears a far-off voice calling, "Wolf! Wolf!" he hauls his creaking, cracking joints down the mountain to see if someone is inviting him to share a meal. He arrives to find a boy who should be minding his goats, but prefers playing tricks on the villagers. Wolf, who (surprisingly) doesn't like tricky boys or angry villagers with sticks, sneaks away. When the boy cries, "Wolf! Wolf!" again, Old Wolf treks back to see if another wolf is stealing the goats. Instead he finds more angry villagers. (Dang those angry villagers!) But when the boy tries to trick those townfolk for the third time, it's the boy who gets tricked and Old Wolf who ends up with a friend and a weed-free garden.

In this clever retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, John Rocco weaves a tight story to show that things aren't always as they seem. From the villagers' point of view, events follow the classic tale. The wolf's vantage point offers a much different reality. His behind-the-scenes account of what really happens might make readers rethink other classic tales. Rocco sets his rendition in long-ago China and illustrates it with warm tones and slightly angular lines. This is a well-written, quietly funny book that is perfect to share with any tricky kid who loves a good tale.
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