Letters home from an adventuring wolf cub, read by Griff Rhys Jones Dear Mum and Dad, Please please PLEEEEZ let me come home. I only cleaned my teeth last week for a joke. And brushing my fur, and going to bed early, that was just tricks to trick you! Why must I go to Cunning College to learn Uncle Bigbad's 9 Rules of Badness? Yours fedupply, Little Wolf Little Wolf's very first adventurous journey to Cunning College now available once more on tape. A real treat to listen to, with specially composed music and sound effects, this narration by Griff Rhys Jones will be a favourite for the whole family.
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Ian Whybrow's many popular successes range from picture books to novels for older children. Best known for his original humour he always writes with adult readers as well as young ones in mind. Apart from his wife and two daughters -- one is the actress Lucy Whybrow -- his passions in no particular order are: Herefordshire, digging, walking with friends, swimming, cycling, the poet Stevie Smith, the theatre and hedgehogs.From Publishers Weekly:
A far cry from some of the wittier fractured fairy tales, Whybrow (A Baby for Grace) paints this picture with broad strokes. In letters sent to his parents, Little Wolf chronicles his sluggish journey to Uncle Bigbad's Cunning College for Brute Beasts in Frettnin Forest. He hopes to learn from his uncle the nine Rules of Badness ("Huff and puff a lot"; "Blow everybody down," etc.) in order to earn his BAD Badge and convince his family that he isn't a "goody-4-paws." Finally, the young wolf reaches his uncle's school, devoid of students ("I am so frightfully frightening, they all fled and flew away!" explains the former educator), and the grouchy beast eventually expels Little Wolf. Befriended by a pack of Cub Scouts, the little fellow is at long last awarded a badgeAalbeit not the one he left home to earn. The expected fixtures are all here: the uncle unsuccessfully huffs and puffs to try to blow down the scouts' tents and disguises himself as Little Red Riding Hood's granny. Fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants series may be amused by some of the bathroom humor (Little Wolf returns from the camp with three cans of baked beans, which Uncle Bigbad greedily devours and which hasten his demise when his proximity to the fire causes him to explode), but much of Pilkey's winning originality is missing here. Ross's understated, childlike black-and-white sketches offer a welcome counter to the obvious text but can't completely bail out this lame spoof. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
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