Sunday, 12 February 2012

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

Good Little Wolf is a great first picture book from author/illustrator Nadia Shireen. We've been reading it regularly for a while and I noticed last week that it is up for the Waterstone's Children's picture book prize.

It's a lovely twist on the age old wolf story with a surprisingly shocking ending that Rosie loves! Rolf is a good little wolf and friends with little old lady Mrs Boggins and a little pig but then he meets a big bad wolf and finds out that real wolves howl at the moon, blow little pigs houses down and eats up little old ladies. Rolf is no good at howling at the moon, he manages just a little whistle. And he can't seem to blow his friend's house down but when he's presented with Mrs Boggins, tied up in her own knitting wool by the big bad wolf, a strange sensation comes over him. AROOOO! He howls, frees Mrs Boggins and ties the big bad wolf up instead. Then they all sit down to tea and cake. "Will you stop eating people up, Big Bad Wolf?" asks Rolf. You'll have to read the book to find out what the big bad wolf answers!

The writing is lovely and the illustrations are beautiful, really clean and spare but with a great sense of colour. All in all we can't wait for Nadia's next book!

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