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When a spoiled Little Wolf pooh-poohs his Lamburger and Sloppy Doe dinner, Father Wolf dreamily recalls a true delicacy. There was a time when a clever wolf could snatch a shepherd boy off a hill, he muses, leaning back in his overstuffed easy chair. Why, there was nothing better than a steaming plate of Boy Chops... and some Boys-n-Berry Pie. He and Mother Wolf promise to cook the first boy their finicky son can find. Thereafter, Little Wolf teases his nostalgic parents by yelling, Boy! Boy! for kicks. By the time Little Wolf spies a dozen plump Scouts hiking through the forest, his folks don't believe him anymore. Hartman (Bible Bad Guys) names many storybook meals, including Three-Pig Salad (with bricks, straw and sticks) and Granny Smith Pie, but never explains why boys are such an elusive quarry. Raglin (The Thirteen Days of Halloween) pictures the wolves as rustic homebodies in old-fashioned clothes, and Little Wolf as a prankster in short pants. His fine-line pen-and-ink illustrations, which have the dense crosshatching of woodcuts, seem immobile despite the keyed-up activity. This glib reversal of The Boy Who Cried Wolf has its slapstick moments, but can't top Jan Fearnley's Mr. Wolf books for sinister hijinks. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 1-3-In this fractured Aesop's fable, Little Wolf longs for "boy" for supper rather than his mother's usual fare: Lamburgers, Sloppy Does, and Muskratatouille. When his parents promise that if a boy shows up, they'll track him down and cook him, Little Wolf puts it to the test right away by calling, "Boy!" which achieves the desired result of ruining dinner two nights in a row. His parents catch on and decide to ignore their son just as a pack of Boy Scouts shows up, with one even invading the den, much to Little Wolf's despair. Hartman's spare storytelling style is enhanced by Raglin's textured pen and colored-ink illustrations that are packed with nifty details: Little Wolf's high-tops, the wolf emblem on the scouts' flag, and the decor of the wolf den. A fun twist on a traditional tale.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (June 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401590
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute story about a small wolf who hates his mother's cooking: lamb burgers, sloppy does, and chocolate moose. What the wolf really wants to eat is a boy. To avoid his mother's cooking one night, he tries the ploy of shouting "boy". It works- -his parents run out of the den in search of the boy and dinner is ruined. Of course, when a real boy actually appears in the neighborhood, the small wolf can't get a rise out of his parents, so he has to learn to eat lamb burgers after all. Some kids might find the book a bit scary, but for those who can handle the tension, it's a fun story. The book has about 1200 words.
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By A Customer on September 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I were lucky enough to discover this on the "new books" shelf at a local library, and it quickly became a favorite... a great twist on the original fable, combined with a hilarious fussy-eater subplot. We had to buy our own copy. The wordplay is delightful ("chipmunks and dip," "muskratatouille"), and the cheerfully sick sense of humor ("there was nothing better than a steaming plate of Boy Chops, a big Baked Boy-tato, and some Boys-n-Berry Pie") is exactly what kids love. The illustrations have a quaint, old-fashioned cartoon aspect which perfectly suits the story. I did think the ending was a bit quick and pat for such a rollicking and imaginative tale, but it seems ungracious to note even a minor flaw in a book that's so much fun.
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Writing is excellent and witty - one simply can't resist falling in love with a book that includes menu items such as "lamburgers" and "Granny Smith pie" - and the illustrations support it well. Better done than the run of the mill fairy tale parody, and thus far superior to the average fairy tale presentation.

The humor is invaluable when trying to stuff a moral down kids' throats - they respond relatively well to being reminded that they are crying "Boy!" (especially when presented comically) - and it also helps them relax and back away from the precipitating issue.

AND - it's a lot of fun to read aloud, especially if one hams up the voices. Highly recommended for (parents of) bright, lively kids, ages 3 and up.
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I came across this in my search for "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" (which is apparently quite difficult to find - if you can suggest one please comment!). I am very pleased that this retelling doesn't lose the message of the original story, the illustrations are cute, and it's funny.
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By A Customer on November 3, 2002
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This book was very good and has nice pictures. It teaches one of the greatest lessons of all time, it teaches one not to lie. Its starts when a small wolf doesn't like his dinner and wishes he could eat delicious boy. The rest of the story is basically the same as the boy who cried wolf only reversed. This book is one that I think everyone would like. Children would like it for the cute name and pretty pictures, and adults would like it for the lessons it's teaching the children. This is one of the best books I've read in a while. It's important to me for the book to have some lesson or meaning involved. Overall this book is great.
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I bought this for my daughters and the illustrations and story line was great. My oldest is 6 and she thought the boys in the book were very funny and definitely understood the moral of the story. I would recommend this to others.
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I was looking for a book that revolved around the importance of telling the truth. This book was fun/light, but still contained the underlying theme of truthfulness. My 4 year old enjoyed it. Of course, she also thinks that wolves only eat boys...lol...
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This is a great story for children and adults alike. The children need to be old enough to understand the story of the boy who cried wolf to really appreciate how much fun this one is. We all enjoyed it so much. Product came in timely manner and in great condition.
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