The Boy Who Cried Wolf
. Child's Play (International) Ltd. . Swindon, Auburn, Sydney
PZ8.2.S753Boy 2011 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This sturdy, well-made 24-page pamphlet again has a very good time with this traditional story, as is true of the other two fable pamphlets in this series. This one adds a CD. The lift-up flaps here are again well planned and executed. For example, one pair of pages has the rabbits outrunning the shepherd boy as he tries to play tag with them and the goats outclimbing him as he tries to climb with them. The storytelling is as clever as the artwork. The villagers and the children left behind recommend that he take a book or his flute, and he immediately rejects their suggestions. Soon he wishes that he had brought some books or his flute. In this version, children who came at the first cry stay behind to make sure that the wolf does not reappear. At the second cry, several adults already refuse to respond. Perhaps the best of the flaps is over the bushes at the beginning of the third round: pulled down, it reveals just two wolf eyes in the darkness. This version ends more softly than others. Apparently, the sheep are scattered, but none are lost. And the villagers offer to help the boy find them the next day but warn him to tell the truth in the future.