Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bad Boys
by Margie Palatini
Illustrated by Henry Cole

Take the big bad wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf from The Three Little Pigs and you have two bad boys! Willy and Wally Wolf are hiding out..."on the lam." In this pun filled story, they lay low by hanging out with the [Little Bo] Peep Sheep. They think they've done a good job staying in character until they hear "bzzzzz"...

Kids like this book a lot. It's a great premise. The title is brilliant. But...Some of the humor will be lost on most kids (Meryl Sheep, "I knew the Peep Sheep, and you are no Peep Sheep"). Certain choices in diction ("brain ditto") are hard to read aloud without cringing.

This books shows a really great concept that is diminished somewhat by the telling. Still, kids really like it! And that makes me happy.