Wolf disguises himself as a human to come to town and pursue his favorite pastime, shopping--without paying, of course--and terrorizes the town, until one brave little boy sets out to stand up to the wolf's shenanigans.
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"Do you like scary stories?" asks the narrator. "If you don't, then don't go on. Trust me." Readers, even the bravest, would be wise to take this statement at face value and return Manton's malignant picture book to the shelf. The wolf of the title is sufficiently big and bad but, unlike the nemesis of, say, Little Red Riding Hood, he never gets a comeuppance. Cast as a shoplifter who disguises himself as a kindly human, the wolf soon worsens his terrible behavior and begins eating small pets. Not long after, the wolf dons a reverend's robes (the tip of his tail pokes out slightly) and attends a party, where a "very brave" boy boasts that he's "not afraid of a mean old, bad old wolf"; the child disappears, and all that is found is the boy's red pants (" 'Little Bernard's little trousers!' Bernard's mother wailed"). Manton renders his scenes in conventional, innocuous pastel hues; his depiction of the wolf, whose fangs and long red tongue emerge from the most innocent of faces, becomes all the more nightmarish. But no more nightmarish than the nihilistic plot, which suggests that no child is safe--ever. Ages 5-8.
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Ages 4-7. Manton's wolf doesn't wait in the woods. A master of disguise, he comes to town to get what he wants, from paintings to pussycats. The fun lies in picking out the disguised wolf from the crowd. A little boy boldly speaks out against the wolf, but the tyke vanishesand we know the wolf has just moved his operation to another town. The ending might unsettle very young listeners (missing children have more resonance than missing pets), but most youngsters will concentrate on the wolf's talent with costumes and makeup and on the townspeople's slowness in sighting the villain. Mary Harris Veeder
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525452818
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525452818
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525452818
Book Description E P Dutton & Co Inc, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000086818