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Carnegie and Greenaway Award: Wolf Won't Bite

Emily Gravett
Take your seat in the front row and watch in wonder as three cheeky little circus pigs make a wild wolf jump through hoops (literally), endure feats of astounding derring-do, and even withstand perilous games of dress-up. Safe in the thought that “Wolf Won’t Bite!” they even put their heads between his jaws…but can you push a wolf too far? Sure to strike a chord with anyone who has both a pet and a young child, this is a very funny and playful story with a snappy ending!
Some pigs from a circus seem to have managed to get hold of a wolf, watch them tame the wolf in their circus act. Because of course Wolf Won’t Bite…Will it?

This is a picture book perfect in it’s simplicity. The illustrations are set against a stark white background using a colour scheme of black, pink and red. The colours that you may well associate with the circus. This makes the pictures very clear and they tell the story alone.
This is a picture book where the words are there to add to the pictures rather than the other way round. Child or adult you know how the story will end but you still want to carry on to see just how far the pigs can push the wolf. Its simplicity means that this could be read to a fairly young child and they could understand and enjoy it, but it’s also perfect for children a bit older too, the repetition of lines within the story should appeal to them. his is another one that will be coming home to read to the four year old when shadowing is finished.
Verdict: Simple yet stunning.
Reviewed by Alison

Publisher: MacMillian Children’s Books
Publication Date: February 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age:Picture book
Reviewer: Alison
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British Book

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