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Wolf Won't Bite! Hardcover – March 20, 2012

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In this twist on the classic pig-wolf relationship dynamic, three little circus pigs holler to “Roll up! Roll up! Roll up!” and see the mighty, wild wolf they’ve captured. They grandstand as they heap indignities upon the long-suffering creature—from dressing him in a big red bow and riding him bareback to throwing knives at him and sawing him in half. Each event ends with the boast, “Wolf won’t bite!” Of course, they take it all a step too far when they show off their ability to put their heads right inside his hairy, gaping maw (not to worry: no swine were hurt in the making of this picture book). With text set in a fancy circus-poster typeface, bombastic artwork floating against a spare white background, and a highly shoutable refrain, this playful picture book is tailor-made for group read-alouds. Giggles all but guaranteed. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ian Chipman


"A welcome turnaround—and don't miss the closing endpapers. A slightly cryptic but satisfying wolf/pig reversal."--Kirkus Reviews

"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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442427639
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442427631
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Emily Gravett, Wolf Won't Bite! (Simon and Schuster, 2012)

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. ***
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Basically this is a tale of three pigs who come across a wolf (or domesticated dog maybe) who cage it in a small old circus wagon with bars. They then torture it and humiliate it while pretending they are performers in a circus. At first what they do to the dog is fairly mild, forcing it to stand on a narrow stool, trying an oversized bow around it's neck and ride it like a horse. Then their acts get more and more humiliating for the creature and the bullying turns dangerous. They throw kitchen knives at him, shoot him out of a loud cannon without ear muffs while they are all wearing their own, attack him with a saw and so on. All through their tormenting and abuse they have been chanting everything they can get away with, and the fact that wolf won't bite. Finally they decide to put their heads in his mouth.

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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Format: Kindle Edition
Another brilliant book by the very talented Emily Gravett, this has rapidly become a favourite with my little nephew and is bound to be a hit with any child aged 2+. The Three Little Pigs are proud to present their circus show – “Wolf Won’t Bite!” So, roll up, roll up to see the Wild Wolf do a huge range of tricks – from jumping through hoops, being ridden like a horse and being shot out of a cannon. As ever, Gravett manages to convey wonderful humour and emotions through her illustrations and the background is white, allowing very young children to focus on the picture without distraction. There is also a great twist to the tale. I think this will have huge appeal to small children, who will enjoy this book and you may find it is one that you have to re-read quite a few times.
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