Little Wolf's Book of Badness

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This award-winning title, now in large format and full colour. All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum and Dad and Baby brother Smellybreff. Instead he's packed off to Cunning College to learn the 9 Rules of Badess and earn his Gold BAD Badge from his wicked Uncle Bigbad. He sets off on his journey, sending letters home as he adventures in the big wide world, Little Wolf's Book of Badness won an U.K.R.A. award for making an oustanding contribution to children's literacy; the Birmingham Children's Book award and the prestigious Di Cento prize in Italy for the best children's book of the year. It has been translated into ten different languages. It was first published in 1995 in black and white. Tony Ross has now redone the illustrations in full colour making this a lavish, large format gift edition -- perfect for family reading.

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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.

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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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