Reviews for Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf


Booklist Reviews 2010 September #2
In this sequel to Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (2007), the Big Bad Wolf again accepts an invitation to his library, this time to tell how he met the three little pigs. Advised by his pals at the Villain Villa Senior Center, he retells the tale with himself as the misunderstood hero only to face a hostile, no-nonsense audience: the three pigs themselves. Children familiar with the folktale will enjoy the witty text to the fullest. Seibold's lively illustrations, created digitally in his signature style, feature entertaining details as well as expressive characters playing out their roles with panache.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
B.B. Wolf (Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf) tries to tell his version of "The Three Little Pigs," in which he was just blowing on a dandelion puff. Unfortunately for B.B., the other nursery tale characters aren't buying it. Seibold's stylish illustrations, with their cartoon energy and zippy details, along with Sierra's multiple puns, make this new spin unique. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #5
In this follow-up to Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf (rev. 7/07), B.B. Wolf now lives at the Villain Villa senior center with such characters as the troll, the witch, and Rumpelstiltskin. Invited to lead a storytime by librarian Miss Wonderly, he tries to tell his version of "The Three Little Pigs," in which he was blowing on a dandelion puff and "there, in the middle of a messy pile of straw, stood an angry little piggie." Unfortunately for B.B., the three little pigs are in attendance and yell from the audience, "Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!" The other nursery tale characters, including Humpty Dumpty, aren't buying his story, either, and eventually he apologizes and even builds the pigs a beautiful new triplex. This isn't the first re-spinning of the "Three Pigs" tale, but Seibold's stylish illustrations, with their cartoon energy and zippy details, along with the library setting and multiple puns, make it unique. The cover shows a stack of books that includes not just The 3 Lying Pigs but also Little Red Rotten Hood, and readers will be glad to hear Mr. Wolf's version of that tale someday, too. susan dove lempke Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 June #2

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)

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 November/December
This is a modern and skillfully written tale that gives the wolf?s version of his account of what ?really? happened during his encounter with the three little pigs. Other literary fairy-tale characters doubt his story and reprimand him about his behavior. In the end, B.B. Wolf changes his tune and becomes a good neighbor and friend. Song verses are plentiful, making this title easily interactive with possible activities that can be oodles of fun for teachers and students; it can also be developed into a Reader?s Theater script as it has everything. The illustrations were created using Adobe Illustrator, and while they are not typical drawings, they are detailed, full of color, and add to the pleasure of reading this book. Recommended. Hope Marie Cook, Librarian and Head of a Curriculum Center, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 July #3

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.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 July

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

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