Blinking, Blunking Great Laughs: Little Wolf’s Book of Badness (series)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007.

Little Wolf's Book of Badness (Little Wolf Series)Author: Ian Whybrow (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Tony Ross (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Carolrhoda Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1575055503

Full of snappy wit and hilariously scrawled illustrations, these clever and sweetly cheeky adventures crack us up not only as we read them but again and again as we toss about their hilarious expressions in our daily life.

Other Little Wolf books which we have read and often rave about:

P.S. Little Wolf left us a comment about our conversation with Ian Whybrow interview here! Arooooo!

Hamming it up: Swine Lake

Friday, March 9, 2007.

Swine LakeAuthor: James Marshall
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Published: 1999 Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062051717

Hilariously melodramatic monologue, generous, engaging narrative and classic Sendak illustrations make this theatrical romp a favourite of adults and children alike.

Rhyme and Pun-ishment: And the DISH Ran Away with the SPOON

Wednesday, February 28, 2007.

And the DISH Ran Away with the SPOONAuthor: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Illustrator: Janet Stevens
Published: 2001 Harcourt Children’s Books
ISBN: 0152022988

Colourful characters, corny humour and a considerable amount of complaining have made this collision of nursery rhymes a favourite adventure at our house.

Listener Submitted Reviews #8

Saturday, January 27, 2007.

In this episode, two Listener Submitted Reviews:

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Worth Buying Twice: Monster Goose

Monday, October 23, 2006.

Monster GooseAuthor: Judy Sierra (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jack E. Davis
Published: 2005 Harcourt Inc
ISBN: 0152054170

Full of richly detailed, hilariously disgusting illustrations and fiendishly twisted traditional verse, this collection of poems is a year-round favourite.

Everything a Ghoul should be: Cinderella Skeleton

Wednesday, October 4, 2006.

Cinderella SkeletonAuthor: Robert D. San Souci
Illustrator: David Catrow
Published: 2004 Harcourt Trade Publishers
ISBN: 0152050698

Illustrated with morbid hilarity and told in brilliant rhyme, this popular Hallowe’en book is a year round favourite at our house.

Sweet Sanity: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Wednesday, September 27, 2006.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad PigAuthor: Eugene Trivizas
Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
Published: 2003 Egmont Books
ISBN: 1405209453

Every aspect of the traditional tale is reversed to its ridiculous extreme in this perfectly worded and illustrated retelling of “The Three Little Pigs”. I guess it could be seen as light and corny — and maybe this makes me light and corny — but I find this story to be meaningful, relevant and full of hope. After all, wasn’t Einstein’s definition of insanity repeating an action and expecting a different result?

A play based on this book is available for download on the Egmont website

A Damsel in Prowess: Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter

Friday, September 1, 2006.

Rumpelstiltskin's DaughterAuthor: Diane Stanley
Illustrator: Diane Stanley
Published: 2002 Harper Collins Canada
ISBN: 0064410951

This twisted take on the classic tale turns its traditional victims into calmly confident young women who, with neither fanfare nor aggression, make their world a better place.

Funky Forgiveness: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

Saturday, July 29, 2006.

The Little Red Hen Makes a PizzaAuthor: Philemon Sturges
Illustrator: Amy Walrod
Published: 2002 Puffin
ISBN: 0142301892

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The colourful cut paper illustrations and the playful narrative make this funky, urban retelling of the Little Red Hen a hoot to read aloud.

Our all time favourite: Petite Rouge, A Cajun Red Riding Hood

Thursday, July 20, 2006.

Author: Mike Artell
Illustrator: Jim Harris
Published: 2003 Puffin USA
ISBN: 0142500704

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A hilarious Cajun version of the traditional Red Riding Hood story. The illustrations are full of movement and emotion. The rhyming text is phonetically written in Cajun slang and is a riot to read aloud. This is our all time favourite.

SUMMARY: A spunky little girl-duck named “Petite Rouge” and her quick thinking cat, “TeJean”, take a pirogue across the swamp to bring gumbo and boudin to Petite’s sick “grand-mere”. They meet up with a gator named “Claude” and eventually outwit him with a quick, creative and final solution to his taste for people (people being ducks and cats).


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