A nonmusical version of Prokofiev's half-century-old tale. Hastings leaves the sex and most of the violence of Arthurian legend (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 1981) far behind in her newest book. The plot remains intact, but summary; things happen too quickly to create much suspense, and the language isn't always involving: ""'Don't shoot!' called Peter. 'We have caught the wolf. Help us take him to the zoo!'"" Beautifully designed, snowy forest scenes are painted in rich, sharply-contrasting colors; but though the wolf kicks up snow and contorts dramatically, other figures are static, posed, and seem to float over the ground. Most editions of the story incorporate the music to some extent (Jorg Muller's lavish Peter and the Wolf comes with a cassette and positively baroque illustrations) and this seems incomplete in comparison. Forced to stand alone, the story seems rather wobbly.