Good Little Wolf by Nadia ShireenGood Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

Good Little Wolf

byNadia Shireen

Picture Books | September 13, 2011

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Rolf, a small, gentle wolf, lives with Mrs. Boggins, who tells him he is a good little wolf. But when he meets up with a large, ferocious wolf, he is told that he isn't a real wolf. Wolves aren't little and good—they are big and bad. To prove he is a real wolf,  the old wolf  tells Rolf he must perform certain tasks, such as blowing down a little pig's house. Rolf is a total failure . . . until the big bad wolf urges him to do something unspeakable to old Mrs. Boggins. Then the good little wolf proves that he can stand up to the big bad bully. Or so it seems. More mature readers may find a different ending that could lead to a great discussion! Using familiar storybook characters and an endearing new hero,  Nadia Shireen makes her debut in this winning picture book.
NADIA SHIREEN has been drawing all her life and recently received her MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in England. This is her first picture book.
Title:Good Little WolfFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.76 × 9.62 × 0.41 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375869042

ISBN - 13:9780375869044


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Twisted Tale Reason for Reading: I was sent a review copy by the publisher and the book looked cute. Adorable artwork with characters who are charming and appear so friendly. It is their simple round eyes, not always matching, with pinprick pupils which make them so distinct. And just turning the background colour to yellow makes the innocence disappear and a new feeling comes along with the Big Bad Wolf. Wonderfully drawn! A cute story that takes a spin on the Big Bad Wolf tale. Here we have Rolf, a very Good Little Wolf, who meets up with the BBW and is taunted by him that he isn't really a wolf if he can't do the bad things *he* can do. So Rolf is bullied into trying to blow down pig's house and howl at the moon but when BBW threatens Mrs. Boggins something happens to Good Little Wolf that will make children cheer with delight. The twisted tale has the last laugh though with one more twist at the end that will have those who love a good *bad* ending rolling on the floor. Very clever!
Date published: 2011-11-13

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly, August 15, 2011:"Shireen’s tight pacing and economical prose push the story forward, and her words and pictures play smartly off each other.", September 7, 2011:"Shireen’s quirky illustrations are amusing and distinctive, and the story’s tweaking of children’s fairytale plots works...for those mischievous young listeners who enjoy a good bad ending."The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November 2011:"...zesty mixed-media illustrations...[and] some wolfishly amusing unjust deserts here."