The Wolf Who Cried Boy

by Bob Hartman and Tim Raglin

This hilarious send-up of Aesop's fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" involves a family... read more

This hilarious send-up of Aesop's fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" involves a family of wolves: apron-clad Mother Wolf, checker-vested Father Wolf, and sneaker-shod Little Wolf. They eat well. The menus of their sumptuous family include Sloppy Does, Chipmunk and Dip, Lamburgers, Chocolate Moose, Three-Pig Salad, and Muskratatouille. "We never have Boy anymore!" Little Wolf complained one evening, remembering Boy Chops, Baked Boy-Potato, and, particularly, Boys-n-Berry Pie. His folks explain that boys are very scarce these days, but Little Wolf is still disgruntled. He delays his next two dinners by calling, "Boy!" These tricks infuriate his folks. As a result, they pay no attention to his third call of alarm when a uniformed pack of Boys actually does appear. A marvelous fractured tale offers high entertainment, a very low threshold of fright, and an unstated moral similar to that in the classic Aesop version. Hartman's engaging concept and Raglin's lively visual action are sure to amuse. (Ages 4-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003

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