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Author: Rachael Mortimer

Illustrator: Liz Pichon

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, 2013

Material: hard cover

Summary: Sweet Little Wolf does not want to be bad. Her parents encourage her to be Big Bad Wolves just like them and even send her out with a grocery list that includes one little girl (juicy and tender). The Sweet Little Wolf tries to follow and capture Red Riding Hood but she can't do it. Little Red keeps reading stories aloud and Little Wolf just can't resist a fairy tale. Eventually, Sweet Little Wolf's parents accept her for the sweet wolf that she is. This story turns the classic Little Red Riding Hood upside down.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Read with a 3½ year old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book and she has asked to read it again several times. She loved guessing the fairy tales that Little Red Riding Hood was reading and liked that the wolf was nice and not scary.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read-lots of opportunities for silly voices! In my opinion, it was a little unbelievable that the parents didn't put up more of a fight to make the Sweet Little Wolf be Big and Bad but my daughter loved it and she is the age this book was written for. My daughter enjoys classic fairy tales so she liked this right away. I was not surprised.

Pros: The pictures were adorable. The Sweet Little Wolf character was lovable, funny and cute. It is a nice reminder to parents not to try to push their little one into being something they are not. We loved the mention of other fairy tales.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. My daughter has asked to read this book several times and whenever a book is requested over and over, I think it is worth purchasing.

If You Liked This Book, Try: Little Red Riding Hood by Lisa Campbell Enrst URGENCY EMERGENCY! BIG BAD WOLF   THE 3 LITTLE DASSIES   INTERRUPTING CHICKEN

Educational Themes: In addition to figuring out the other fairy tales Little Red reads about, you might also explore letter writing, and fractured fairy tales (e.g., compare and contrast other versions). There is a theme of embracing who you are and not trying to be someone else, taking in different perspectives, et al.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, fairy tale, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2015

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