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The Wolf Who Cried Boy

by Bob Hartman
Illustrated by Tim Raglin

Published by Putnam, 2002
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23578-7

Ages 4 - 8

This hilarious send-up of Aesop's fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" involves a family of wolves whose sumptuous family dinners include Sloppy Does, Lamburgers, Chocolate Moose, Three-Pig Salad, and Muskratatouille. "We never have Boy anymore!" Little Wolf complains one evening, remembering Boy Chops, Baked Boytato and Boys-n-Berry Pie. Even though his folks explain that boys are very scarce these days, Little Wolf is still disgruntled. He delays the next two dinners by calling "Boy!" His folks come running in anticipation and waste time looking for a boy who isn't there. Little Wolf gets his favorite snack, Chipmunks and Dip, because there is no time to prepare something else. Angered by his tricks, his parents pay no attention to Little Wolf's third call of alarm, much to Little Wolf's frustration because there actually IS a boy this time. In fact there is a whole uniformed pack of them on a hike through the woods. As a result, those boys, and all other boys, live happily ever after. A marvelous fractured tale offers high entertainment, a very low threshold of fright, and an unstated moral similar to that in the classic Aesop version. Hartman's engaging concept and Raglin's lively visual action are sure to amuse. CCBC Categories: Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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