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Author: Dosh Archer

Illustrator: Dosh Archer

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Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Nurse Percy is scared. The ambulance just delivered a wolf to City Hospital. Wolf or not, he is a patient, and Dr. Glenda has to take care of him. So she examines the wolf's throat to figure out why he is choking. Could it really be a missing grandma? This is a creative ending for the LIttle Red Riding Hood fairy tale.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read.

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read by an 11-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our pre-teen is too old for this, but it didn't stop her from picking the book from my desk and reading it. She laughed her way through it and commented that "little kids will love this."

Adult Reader Reaction: What a fun, story. The fact that it could amuse my picky pre-teen says a lot! Although it is probably funnier if you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, it would still be amusing to kids who don't. I especially loved that the ER doctor is female (Dr. Glenda) and Nurse Percy is male.

Pros: Humor in pictures and words make this a fun story to share, and an exceptional choice for developing readers. Big Bad Wolf has great potential as a book for mixed audiences.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This one will be read a lot. You can read it to your preschooler and then they can read it to you when they are building their own reading skills.


Educational Themes: With the story told in dialogue, it is easy to take turns with partner reading, or creating a "reader's theater" and turning it into a script. With older kids, you can talk about fractured fairy tales.

Notes: Cybils 2013 finalist.
The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, easy reader series, humor, fairy tale

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2014

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