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There's a Wolf at the Doorby Zoe Alley and R. W. Alley
Synopses & Reviews
Five classic tales all starring one put-upon wolf!
Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just can't catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud sheperd — or that little girl wearing a red hood...but for some reason, none of them will cooperate.
Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as Wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book package, this is the gift for kids of all ages for happily-ever-after holidays.
Oversized in every sense of the word, this comic collection of five classic tales — all tied together by a top-hatted, polka-dot cravatted, waistcoat-wearing wolf — abounds in graphic guffaws. From snarky smile to bushy tail, this is a wolf worthy of the name who is nevertheless destined for repeated defeats. Unbowed by disaster, he merely lights out for the greener pastures of another story. Without... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) forsaking the huffs and puffs and chinny-chin-chins of the original, the husband-and-wife team of Zoe and R. W. Alley guide their hairy hero through a series of action-packed panels as he stalks "The Three Little Pigs," then scampers off to teach a lesson to "The Boy Who Cried Wolf!" only to be bested by some psycho-babbling sheep. Next up is "Little Red Riding Hood," played by fashion-conscious Rhonda, who bonks her attacker with a very red high-heeled shoe, and then we're off to "The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing," in which the sedate Peterson family mistakes him for a poodle. In the final story, "The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings," a wiser but wearier wolf finally realizes "I need food with less personality!" Too true, too true; everyone in this wolf's world has personality to spare. Kristi Jemtegaard is the youth services coordinator for Arlington Public Library. She teaches children's and adolescent literature and has served on both the Caldecott and Newbery Committees. Reviewed by Kristi Jemtegaard, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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"The stories' narrative paths tend to follow the originals, but now they're layered with humor....This is a giggly read-aloud as well as a snortingly funny read-alone." Booklist (starred review)
"A hungry wolf just can't catch a break in these five loosely connected folktales....Readers drawn by the unusually large trim size and Alley's animated, loosely posed figures will linger over the snappy dialogue and almost feel sorry for the feckless predator..." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Illustrated with softly colored pen-and-ink drawings, these five stories meld seamlessly together....The oversize format and the graphic-novel style make this retelling perfect for independent reading as well as for group sharing." School Library Journal
"Comic-style panels laced with narrative boxes and word balloons lay out all the action for readers in big, clearly defined spreads, and text and pictures successfully mesh together into a highly enjoyable whole." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as a put-upon wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book package, this is an ideal gift for kids of all ages for happily-ever-after holidays.
FIVE CLASSIC TALES ALL STARRING ONE PUT-UPON WOLF
in an oversized gift-ready package Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just cant catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud sheperd…or that little girl wearing a red hood, but for some reason none of them will cooperate. Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as Wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book package, this is the gift for kids of all ages for happily-ever-after holidays.
About the Author
This is Zoe B. Alley's first book. She lives with her husband R. W. Alley in Barrington, Rhode Island, with their two children.
R. W. Alley is best known for the Paddington Bear books he illustrates, which have earned him international recognition. He has produced more than 70 books, and before becoming a book illustrator, he drew pictures for greeting cards.
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