Numeroff (Two for Stew, 1996, etc.) sends up the Big Bad Wolf story genre with this tale of an old wolf, new in the neighborhood, who is done in by a trio of contentedly incompetent hens: Their burned cookies, obsessive knitting, and off-key singing send him packing ""to live with his mother in Atlantic City."" The chicken sisters' relieved neighbors conclude that all the smoke, noise, and unsolicited gifts of itchy knit hats might be worth putting up with after all. It's pure slapstick--the wolf has false teeth and was never a menace in the first place. The pictures are the highlight of all this silliness: In the sisters' living room, every conceivable object is encased in a pastel-colored knitted cover; the wolf, baring a decidedly human-looking pair of dentures, lurks in lush greenery; a pair of baby squirrels run about disguised as salt-and-pepper shakers.