HELP! THE WOLF IS COMING! by Cédric Ramadier

HELP! THE WOLF IS COMING!

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The wolf is coming! Quick! How can he be stopped?

Against a yellow sky and green ground, a wolf is seen in the distance; as he approaches, readers are encouraged to turn the page. But as he just gets bigger on the next page and flashes mean, pointy teeth, readers are now encouraged to “tilt the book to the right and turn the page!” The wolf appears to be slipping but is still there, so more action is required. And so it goes. After tipping, shaking, and flipping, the wolf is still there. The solution? “Quick! Shut the book!” But is the wolf really gone? Readers are encouraged to turn the book over, where they will re-encounter the wolf on the front cover and presumably read the book over again. But will they? It’s doubtful. Clearly mining the same vein as Hervé Tullet’s Press Here (2011), this book doesn’t reach the same degree of magic and whimsy. The interactive-book genre aims to give readers the illusion they are in control, but in spite of the turning, tilting, and shaking, the illusion is not here. In addition, the text of the book—originally in French—is in cursive letters, which poses a challenge to the development of letter-recognition skills in American children, who are not introduced to cursive at such a young age.

Falls just short of the mark. (Board book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-927271-84-1
Page count: 22pp
Publisher: Gecko Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2016




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