"Sure to be a family favorite."
"A good chance for youngsters to relish enacting the wicked role while still getting a friendly reconciliation at the end."
"Very young readers will get a kick out of taking the wolf's part, and their parents will appreciate that the scariest bits of the original tale have been omitted."
-School Library Journal "Like her repetitive text, Rueda's illustrations are gently funny and elegantly simple."
-Horn Book "The reader is encouraged to follow the pigs into the book."
-Library Media Connection
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-01-16
- Reviewer: Staff
With a series of die-cut holes and prompts, Rueda (My Little Polar Bear) invites readers to first play the part of a Big Bad Wolf (hence the title), then discover that they’re not being so villainous after all. Rueda pares the original story down to the bare essentials (“First pig building a house. First pig inside the house. One wolf huffing and huffing”). Small die-cut holes in the “huff and puff” pages invite readers to show off their lungpower, and a page turn reveals the destructive results (“First pig is not happy”). At the third pig’s brick house, however, readers learn that the wolf isn’t so much a menace as a nuisance—it becomes clear that each of the three pigs built a house in order to bake a birthday cake for the wolf, who keeps spoiling their plans. Rueda offers few clues to what she’s up to, so readers will have to be particularly attuned to nuance. But the novelty of mild interactivity, coupled with comically minimalist text, should ameliorate any minor frustrations with the storytelling. Ages 2–6. (Mar.)