A big button, a short zipper, a pair of small side-release buckles and other types of fasteners may keep little fingers busy “helping” a wolf dress for school, but the accompanying pictures, storyline and swatches of fabric are only a vehicle for the dry goods.
As Little Red Riding Hood and other potential prey look on quizzically, a wolf (“very far away,” according to the verse, but hardly so in the accompanying picture) buttons his pink shorts, snaps up a “polo shirt,” buckles on “dungarees” (overalls), dons sneakers with Velcro straps and zips closed a quilted, sleeveless “coat.” The various fasteners are attached to small cloth or plastic backings that not only lack appropriate tailoring, but seldom even match the colors of the painted garment into which they’re embedded. Evidently just to keep it all entirely nonsensical, Daddy Wolf (so identified by a tiny label on the rear cover) poses on the front cover in another outfit, wearing a mitten (painted) on one paw and a shoe (with punched-out holes and a bit of real shoelace) on one foot.
A superfluous alternative to real clothes. (Instructional board book. 4-6)