Wednesday 1 August 2012

Little Good Wolf

Little Good Wolf Little Good Wolf by Aleesah Darlison, illustrated by Shannon Melville (Wombat Books)
PB RRP $14.95
ISBN 978-1-921633-64-5
Reviewed by Jacque Duffy

A junior fiction chapter book for early independent readers.

Little Good Wolf is lonely and sad, the other fairytale kids at Fairytale Land's Top School want nothing to do with him, not even Ugly Duckling. All of Little Good Wolf's problems would be solved if his father The Big Bad Wolf wasn't so mean and terrifying.

Little Good Wolf has a talk with his father and shares his worries, he asks his father to change his ways and his job, the resulting job search outcomes are entertaining.

The humorous black and white illustrations by Shannon Melville have been created in such a way children will relate to them and perhaps be encouraged to draw.

I believe this to be a good book for reading in lower primary classrooms. The story can be used to raise discussions on bullying, and how this antisocial behavior can become expected. The story also fuels discussion as to how this expected behavior can be changed.

Aleesah Darlison is an award winning author of stories for children and young adults. Her twist on the much loved fairytales in this book are stimulating and unexpected and will keep a smile on the reader's face.

 Jacque Duffy is the author and illustrator of the series ‘That’s not a …” learn to read books used in all Queensland State Primary Schools and one local history coffee table book.

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