Beware of the Storybook Wolves

Written & Illustrated by Lauren Child


The hilarious antidote for fear of “big bad wolves”.

Every kid has some storybook character that scares them: a wolf, a wicked witch, a creepy bad guy. And Herb’s no exception; he kinda loves the frisson of danger that the wolves from “Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs” provide. But just to be sure, he makes certain his mom takes those books OUT of his room each night. Of course, one night mom forgets, and Herb gets some unwanted company.

Face to face with two hungry, impatient wolf-types, Herb is forced to draw on his wits (and on his bookshelf) to get some help – a nice prince? a fairy godmother maybe? – and avoid becoming his guests’ main course.

The Horn Book recognized the “mischievous elan” of Lauren Child’s artwork in its praise of her first book, I Want a Pet. And School Library Journal praised “the exuberant, childlike sketches, placed on boldly colored backgrounds” of Clarice Bean, That’s Me.

Lauren Child’s latest is one book kids won’t let you take OUT of their room at night.


Reviews and Awards

Shortlisted for the Smarties Prize

“It’s bad news for a boy named Herb when the Big Bad Wolf and a little not-so-bad wolf fall out of a storybook, drooling and hungry. Thank goodness for fairy godmothers. After all, who else can bring the big wolf down to size and turn the little wolf into a fashion plate? If all that sounds silly, it is. It’s meant to be, in Beware of the Storybook Wolves. With a sly wit and a handful of evocative characters, Lauren Child takes the familiar “once upon a time” story, shakes it and then spins it for a giggle. Imagine Mother Goose meeting Roald Dahl’s “Enormous Crocodile.” The result is a smile-provoking yarn full of fairy-tale twists.” - The New York Times

“Child’s trademark ink-and-wash and collage artwork, filled with sly wit, scraggly wolves, and goofy humans, plays with perspective and placement of text, adding just the right over-the-top lunacy. Don’t miss the Little Wolf in heels, hairy legs, and party dress being dipped by the prince on the dance floor.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This goofy tale is fractured in all the right places.” - Booklist, starred review


Purchase Options
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Spring 2001
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-20500-X
Price: $15.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 9  1/4" x 11 3/4"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Hodder UK
Translation Rights: Hodder UK
Rights Available? yes


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