Friday, February 18, 2011

Tell The Truth B.B. Wolf

Horn Book (September/October, 2010)
In this follow-up to Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (rev. 7/07), B.B. Wolf now lives at the Villain Villa senior center with such characters as the troll, the witch, and Rumpelstiltskin. Invited to lead a storytime by librarian Miss Wonderly, he tries to tell his version of "The Three Little Pigs," in which he was blowing on a dandelion puff and "there, in the middle of a messy pile of straw, stood an angry little piggie." Unfortunately for B.B., the three little pigs are in attendance and yell from the audience, "Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!" The other nursery tale characters, including Humpty Dumpty, aren't buying his story, either, and eventually he apologizes and even builds the pigs a beautiful new triplex. This isn't the first re-spinning of the "Three Pigs" tale, but Seibold's stylish illustrations, with their cartoon energy and zippy details, along with the library setting and multiple puns, make it unique. The cover shows a stack of books that includes not just The 3 Lying Pigs but also Little Red Rotten Hood, and readers will be glad to hear Mr. Wolf's version of that tale someday, too. susan dove lempke

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