There's a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales
Alley, Zoë B.
. A Neal Porter Book: Roaring Brook Press . NY
PZ8.1.A467Th 2008 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Here is a fourth printing of this book with a dust-jacket. As I wrote of the first printing, this is one of the larger books in format in the collection: 11¼" x over 14" high. The book includes five stories: "The Three Little Pigs"; BW; "Little Red Riding Hood"; WSC; and "The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings." The second and fourth seem to me to be fables. Each story is told in comic book fashion: about ten panels with spoken "balloons" are arranged in strips across each page. Both artist and storymaker have a delightful time telling and refashioning the tales. In the best comic tradition, delightful asides creep into various panels. In BW, there actually is a wolf there the first time that Barry cries "Wolf!" but he does not know it. Throughout the story, the sheep make hilarious comments about Barry and his behavior. At Barry's second attempt on the first day, one of the townsfolk says to others "Nice day for being fooled, don't you agree?" The sheep defend themselves successfully, and the wolf takes off into the next story. Ronda in "Little Red Riding Hood" is in love with red, clothes, and herself. In WSC, the sheep again defend themselves quite handily. A thoroughly enjoyable romp through five traditional stories updated for fun!