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Big Bad Wolves at School
by Stephen Krensky and Brad Sneed


Overview - Rufus doesn't like school at first. He loves being a wolf and doing wolf stuff -- like running through the woods or howling at the moon. But Rufus, like all wolves, must go to school to learn real wolf work, like wearing clever disguises and speaking sheep.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Rufus doesn't like school at first. He loves being a wolf and doing wolf stuff -- like running through the woods or howling at the moon. But Rufus, like all wolves, must go to school to learn real wolf work, like wearing clever disguises and speaking sheep.

While Rufus learns, he also teaches: Sometimes ou have to cut loose and learn to be yourself

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689837999
  • ISBN-10: 0689837992
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publish Date: June 2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11.28 x 9.02 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.97 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 52.
  • Review Date: 2007-07-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

When a carefree, nature-loving wolf named Rufus is sent to boarding school boot camp to learn the ways of the big and the bad, the results are expectedly comical. Hoping to toughen up their young free spirit, Rufus’s parents send him to the Big Bad Wolf Academy. Much of the humor is found in Sneed’s (The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians) whimsical watercolors of Rufus’s days there. At the huffing and puffing range, he lazily blows dandelion seeds instead of blowing over wooden cut-outs of the Three Little Pigs in their houses, labeled respectively as “Breezy,” “Gusty” and “Gale!” Study questions include “Which is easier to wear—a nightgown or pajamas?”; in an especially hilarious spread, the wolves line up in their best grandmotherly disguises, adorned with matronly wigs, bedclothes and fuzzy slippers. Readers familiar with wolf fables will best appreciate the story’s comedy, but all will cheer when Rufus’s innate Canis lupus traits save the day. While the shaggy-headed wolf may appear to be a bored slacker in class—in one scene he has a pencil up his nose—the reason for his seemingly impertinent behavior rests in misunderstandings and mismatched priorities. Krensky’s (Too Many Leprechauns) message seems to be that results are best when “wolves” are allowed to be themselves. Ages 4-8. (June)

 
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