His social standing having been restored in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (2007), the old folktale bad guy is invited back to the library—this time to tell the story of "The Three Little Pigs." Overcoming his understandable reluctance after Rumpelstiltskin, fellow resident at the Villain Villa Senior Center, advises him to put his own spin on the episode, Wolf trots out a version involving unfortunate accidents and careless, aggressive pigs. Unfortunately, the aforementioned porkers are actually in the storytime audience, and before you can say "not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin," they're up in his face, demanding the truth and an apology. As before, Seibold supplies big, droll digitally painted scenes featuring a hangdog Wolf in a hideous orange plaid suit and a supporting cast of familiar characters from Pinocchio ("Isn't that wolf's snout getting longer?") to the Little Engine ("I think it is. I think it is"). In the end Wolf tootles off hinting that there may be future "Fairy Tales Remodeled." That's good news, as all fans of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and its teeming clan will agree. (Picture book/folktale/spoof. 6-8)Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Tracksuit-wearing B.B. Wolf makes a return to a trip to the library in this companion to Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, this time to relate a story from his bad old days--that of the three little pigs. Embarrassed about his past actions, he engages in some revisionist history ("I followed my nose and found another little piggie playing with matches next to a pile of sticks. The sticks were on fire, so I blew on them... to put out the flames, you understand"), causing the fairy tale characters in attendance to insist he come clean. As delightfully twisted as its predecessor. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 3--This brilliant retelling deserves a place at the head of the fractured-fairy-tale pack next to Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Puffin, 1995). Following Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (Knopf, 2007), the notorious Big Bad Wolf and other fairy-tale characters of ill repute are hard at work fixing up the Villain Villa Senior Center when Wolf's cell phone rings and the local librarian invites him to tell the story of how he met the three pigs. Ashamed of his prior transgressions, Wolf tells a gentler version involving blowing on dandelions and saving pigs from matches. Heckling from the pigs in the audience finally prompts this reformed Wolf to ask for their forgiveness. His transformation is not complete without a new middle name, though (provided by the library's dictionary), and a fitting act of reparation. Musical segments send an already madcap narrative over-the-top. Seibold's vivid computer illustrations, replete with comic touches, are a perfect match for Sierra's zany tale. Reluctant readers familiar with the bold imagery and comic timing of after-school cartoons will be glued to this inspired collaboration.--Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI[Page 69]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.