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Mr. Wolf Bounces Back
Mr. Wolf Bounces Back
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After Happily Ever After

Mr. Wolf Bounces Back

by Tony Bradman
Illustrated by Sarah Warburton

Now that the big bad wolf has three cubs of his own, being the neighborhood bully doesn’t seem right. He needs a new job. But what job is right for a strong, fast, scary wolf? This fractured fairy tale provides a fresh perspective on a well-known tale.

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandAfter Happily Ever After
Age Level8-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Trim Size5 1/4 x 8
Page Count56



School Library Journal - Nicole Waskie

"Humorous and charming, these “what happens next” fractured fairy tales inject the world of fantasy with a silly dose of reality. In Mr. Wolf, fatherhood ruins the big, bad wolf’s appetite for mayhem. Finding himself out of work, he goes to an employment agency and tries several ill-fitting careers before landing the perfect job with three little pigs. In Red Riding Hood, Granny is lonely. Feeling guilty, her granddaughter tries visiting after school, locates a group for the woman to socialize with, and even signs her up with an online dating service, with little success. In the end, as in the original story, it’s the Woodcutter who saves the day. Children will love that they are able to figure out the solutions to these stories long before the characters do. The cartoonlike black-and-white illustrations add interest and enhance the mood. Teachers will appreciate the discussion questions, writing prompts, and information on using FactHound to find Web sites, and the glossaries are perfect for elementary readers. Light on substance but full of fun, these books are great for students ready to jump into chapter books or who are looking for enjoyable, lighthearted reads. -Nicole Waskie, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY" - School Library Journal

June 1, 2009

Library Media Connection - Sue N. Howard

"Each of these books and others in the series describes what happens to the characters after the original tale ends. Little Red Riding Hood and the three little pigs have gotten on with their lives, but Mr. Wolf and Granny are not doing well. The wolf has three cubs and a wife, but is having trouble finding a job. Granny is lonely until Red Riding Hood fixes her up with the woodcutter. Each character ends up living happily ever after. Children will enjoy looking at the refreshingly humorous drawings and will love that unexpected outcomes that give a new twist to the folktales. The entire series would be especially good for struggling readers. Teachers and librarians could use these titles for teaching sequence and predicting. The books contain a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and Internet sites. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

October 1, 2009



StoryTelling Magazine

2011 Storytelling World Resource Award

April 1, 2011

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman writes for children of all ages and is particularly well-known for his top-selling Dilly the Dinosaur series (Egmont). His other titles include the Happily Ever After series, The Orchard Book of Swords, Sorcerers and Superheroes and The Orchard Book of Heroes and Villains. Tony lives in South East London.

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