Watch out! The big, bad wolf is coming to get you.
But first, he has to introduce himself. Drawn in thick black lines against a white background, he announces, with hands on hips, “Hello, I am the big bad wolf.” On subsequent pages, readers watch as he dons his big-bad-wolf outfit, one garment per page spread: first his underpants (covered in pink hearts), then a white T-shirt, orange socks, blue pants, a red pullover, boots, a feathered hat, and finally, a long black coat. Kids will readily relate to this time-consuming process of getting dressed (though they may be initially thrown by a couple of unusual vocabulary choices: “trousers” and “top”). As he pulls on all these various items, the wolf looks downright silly, with large, round yellow eyes and a goofy grin. On the final pages, he turns more menacing with arms raised, eyebrows slanted and pink tongue protruding. Following the advice on the back cover—quickly “snap[ping] the book shut to keep the wolf inside”—will help wee ones feel safe as they enjoy the thrill of a little scare.
Originally published in France, this vibrantly colored, vertically bound offering featuring a silly and slightly scary wolf will keep kids coming back for more. (Board book. 2-4)