For a real thrill, try reading Beware of the Storybook Wolves. It will scare your socks off! A fun-filled picture book with a fairytale twist, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child.
Every night, Herb's mother reads him a bedtime story. Sometimes it's about a big bad wolf who terrifies little girls and their grandmothers with his growl and his sharp teeth. The story gets very nasty in the middle and everybody nearly comes to a sticky end. But, by the last page, it all turns out happily-ever-afterly.
But what will happen to Herb when the wolves escape from his book? Will they gobble him up? Or will it all end happily-ever-after?
Equally loved by children young and old, this hilarious picture book is perfect for sharing together. From the creator of the award-winning, best-selling Charlie and Lola series!
Winner of the Smarties Book Prize Bronze Medal
"A refreshingly original tale that sparkles with wit" Junior
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Herb is a brave little boy who knows what happens when story books are left out at night. When his mother rushes from his room to take a phone call Herb is left all alone and he starts to hear something in his room. He turns to turn on the light and there he sees before him are two wolves straight out of his storybooks. The wolves are really excited because they think they are in for a treat, to eat little Herb! But Herb is quick on his feet and convinces them that little boys are dessert and they must start with an appetizer first. While the wolves are trying to find their appetizer of Jell-O Herb cleverly shakes a Fairy Godmother from one of his fairy tale story books. She tell the wolves they are being ridiculous and that the little boy out smarted them. With a wave of her wand, one of the wolves was now wearing Cinderella's ball gown and the other was turned in to a tiny caterpillar. Since Herb has now seen what is capable of story books left in the dark he stacks them all up and puts the heaviest thing he knows on top of them to keep them closed, his bed. And happily ever after. Fun story! I thought it was a great combination of some classic fairy tales. This a really funny and engaging book to read.
Herb's mother always read him a story about Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf before bed and she always took the book with her because Herb was afraid that the wolves would get out. However one night Herb's mother forgot the book and so the Wolves got out and decided to eat Herb however Herb had some tricks up his sleeve and used his other stories to help him with his dilemma. This is a fun story to read aloud and is also a great example of a child's imagination.
Herb understands the danger of storybooks left unsecured at night. Wolves can escape from the pages and eat little boys. Luckily, Herb is more cunning than the wolves and for a while he manages to avoid being eaten. When he runs out of ways to hold them off, Herb shakes Cinderella's sassy Fairy Godmother out of her book and pleads for her help. Her interesting way of dealing with the wolves leaves the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella considerably altered.Beware of the Storybook Wolves is a creative tribute to the power of a good book when it is coupled with a child's vivid imagination. The story and the illustrations make for a delightful and funny reading experience.
Herb's mother forgot to take the Little Red Riding Hood book away one night and the wolves went after Herb. Luckily, he grabbed Cinderella's fairy godmother to help out. One wolf went to the ball instead of Cinderella and the other was turned into a caterpillar (which didn't scare LRRH quite so much, but at least Herb didn't get eaten.)
I found this story very fun to read and my 7 yr old son just loves it. He checked it out three weeks in a row from the school library. I haven't read many Lauren Child books, so this may be the norm, but this book is so imaginative. I love her wording and the idea of characters coming out of the books was so much fun to read.