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There's a Wolf at the Door

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FIVE CLASSIC TALES ALL STARRING ONE PUT-UPON WOLF

in an oversized gift-ready package Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just can’t catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud sheperd…or that little girl wearing a red hood, but for some reason none of them will cooperate. Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn
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Hardcover, 34 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press
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Laura Rumohr
Oct 08, 2009 Laura Rumohr rated it it was amazing
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There's a Wolf at the Door was written for students in upper elementary school (grades 3-5). This book contains 5 stories in graphic novel format based on traditional fairy tales about wolves. The Little Red Riding Hood begins with a little girl names Rhonda. Rhonda loves pretty clothes and specifically the color red. Rhonda's parents were irritated with her because all she cared about in life was clothes. They decided to send her to her grandma's cottage to bring cookies and to teach he
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Betsy
Dec 14, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
I admit it. I tend to root for the well-dressed baddies. I always have. When I was a child I would secretly root for Captain Hook over that snide, arrogant Peter Pan boy. And Cruella de Ville? Sure, I couldn't support her love of puppy-wear, but that lady knew how to wrap a stole, that's for sure. So when I see a villain with a certain personal flair and sense of style, I feel an odd sort of sympathy and connection. A sympathy and connection that definitely came up more than once while reading T ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is a fun fractured fairy tale -- combining classic plot lines of 5 nursery stories featuring wolves and giving each a slightly humorous (and sometimes message-y) spin. Its handsome package (large size and beautiful layouts in comic book style) with appealing cartooning drawings will definitely entertain many young listeners/readers and their families. I really was prepared to be greatly impressed but for some reason (maybe because the stories are too sweet and without the kind of tension th ...more
Taurean Watkins
Oct 30, 2014 Taurean Watkins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of fairy tales, comics, animal stories


As the subtitle implies, this book is a retelling of five classic fairy tales from the Grimm’s school of thought, but what makes this different is that titular lupine dressed to the nines is the through-line connecting these five (usually stand alone) stories.

Whereas in most fairy retellings, the wolf of “3 Little Pigs” fame is not necessarily be the SAME wolf from “Little Red Riding Hood” or the lesser known “Goslings” story.

In this book, one wolf does it all, with some expected results, brough
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Brooke Snyder
Oct 29, 2014 Brooke Snyder rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Summary: There’s a Wolf at the Door is a book of five classic tales—The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, and The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings. I’m going to focus on the first tale- The Three Little Pigs. This is the classic tale of the three little pigs- three pigs who make three different houses (straw, sticks, and brick) in which they try to make strong enough so the hungry wolf doesn’t blow it down and eat them.

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Sam Ott
Oct 11, 2015 Sam Ott rated it really liked it
There's a Wolf at the Door by Zoe Alley, illus. by R.W. Alley, Published 2008.
Genre: Nonfiction Folktales
Format: Graphic Novel
Plot Summary: This book combines five stories of the wolf that deviate slightly from the traditional stories, but hold true in their essence. Includes 'The Three Little Pigs,' 'Little Red Riding Hood,' and three more fun stories as this hapless wolf is chased out or foiled in one tale into another.
Considerations: Some violence and humiliation of the wolf.
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Jen
Oct 18, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
Fairy Tale Book:

There's a Wolf at the Door retold by Zoe B. Alley is a newer version of the Three Little Pigs. The book looks like it is in comic book form, where there are many different boxes on the page containing illustrations and words. For example, the first page has 7 different pictures.

It has the same story line, where there are 3 little pigs. The first pig builds his house of straw, the second pig builds his house of sticks, and the third pig uses bricks. When the wolf came to blow the
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Sarah Sammis
There's a Wolf at the Door takes five fairy tales that feature wolves and retells them. They are illustrated in a manner similar to a graphic novel and the book did make it to the finals of the graphic novels panel for the Cybils this year.

The five retold stories are: The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, and The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings. While I applaud the attempt to retell these well known classic fairy tales, I think th
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Becky
I never thought a graphic novel would be like this. That could be because I have never been a graphic novel fan. Though I have read some for class and I am becoming a fan. I think that is because I have been reading some non-traditional graphic novels. To the book though. Something I never realized about all the classic tales in this book, there are five, is that they all have wolves. It just makes a great connection. My favorite part of the book is that at the end of each tale there is a lead i ...more
The Bookloft
Feb 05, 2016 The Bookloft rated it it was amazing
The classic Wolf of the fairy tale world leads us through this over-sized, jam-packed picture book.

The five stories are told in a colorful comic book style that is well suited to these fun stories. Every page has illustrations that are detailed enough to keep you looking through the multiple re-readings that this book is sure to inspire.

You'll never think of That Wolf in quite the same way!
Julie
Mar 23, 2009 Julie rated it it was amazing
My kids love big books. Like, dimensionally large. They're a challenge to read in bed and they don't always fit in my canvas Trader Joe's bags, but this one was worth it. My kids noticed straight away that this book is formatted like a comic - bonus. I also enjoyed watching my son tackle the sporadic challenging words in the book: extraordinarily, companionship, shallowness, ridiculousness. I wish more authors would employ polysyllabic words. Kids can handle it! They spurred great discussion and ...more
Ch_jank-caporale
A collaborative effort between long-time illustrator, R.W. Alley, and first-time writer, Zoe B. Alley, "A Wolf at the Door" links five classic fairy tales together through the antics of a hungry wolf. In the Little Red Riding Hood version, selfish, fashion obsessed Red, defeats the greedy wolf by launching a designer shoe at him, then stripping him naked of granny's ill-fitting gown as he runs from the house. The wolf grabs a sheepskin rug as he flees to hide his nakedness which leads to the sto ...more
Emily Bayci
Jun 03, 2015 Emily Bayci rated it liked it
A comic style retelling with humorous twists of five classic tales (Three Little Pigs, Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings). Good for 1-3 gr, reading by themselves. Also for fans of Stinky Cheese Man or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.
Marie Cahill
Feb 05, 2013 Marie Cahill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ltcy-504
I am hungry. I am resourceful. And I am on the prowl. What wolf could resist trying to capture those delectable Three Little Pigs? But, alas that house of bricks was much more trouble than they were worth. The Boy Who Cried Wolf proved to be more cunning than I anticipated and my plans for a lunch of lamb with mint jelly were foiled. Little Red Riding Hood was much more clever than I thought. But, one small girl is hardly a meal after all I have been through. Dressing in sheep's clothing seemed ...more
Cassie
Jan 26, 2009 Cassie rated it really liked it
I admit it, I usually want the underdog (or 'wolf' in this case) to win! I suppose having a wolf "win" wouldn't exactly make an appropriate children's book, but it would be nice if he was able to eat something!

In any case, There's a Wolf at the Door is a fun read consisting of cleverly put together familiar fairy tales all linked by the wolf. The story is presented in an oversized, graphic novel format including lively pen and ink drawings by R. W. Alley that expound upon the already humorously
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Chris
Sep 20, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-1, kid-2, kid-3
My kids, including my teenager, find this book hilarious and have read it over and over. I like that it's not sarcastic or demeaning to the kids and fairy tales, but still clever and funny.
Kelly
May 15, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Alley's book is a clever melding and retelling of five classic stories. I like the over-sized format, the graphic novel construction, and the general wittiness of the text.
Catherine
Feb 25, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
This book contains five classic fairy tales: The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, and The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings. The common thread in all five tales is that the same wolf seamlessly appears in all of the tales. It flows together nicely, and contains a nice spin on each of these fairy tales.

Also, it is written similar to a cartoon-strip, so it is visually appealing for many students. Great for comparing classic fairy tal
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Connie
May 15, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
So, these are five classic stories (well, four classic stories and one - The Seven Goslings - which is probably classic but which I've never heard of before) featuring a wolf as the... protagonist? Wait, what?

Yeah, the wolf is the hero in this book. The poor, unfortunate, hungry hero who never can have a bit of meat to eat.

This book is loaded with nifty asides from the narrator and various supporting characters as we go through the wolf's day. Nobody gets killed, eaten, or even seriously injure
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Kids Write Reviews
Oct 08, 2011 Kids Write Reviews rated it it was amazing
Originally on Kids Write Reviews:

The book “There’s a Wolf at the Door,” is a funny tale with five classic stories put together. There is a wolf in each of them. The story is about a hungry wolf who is trying to get his meal. He runs into different stories on the way. For example he goes from “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to ‘’Little Red Riding Hood.”

I like it because it makes me laugh and is in comic strip. I already knew the stories but they were changed around. My entire family likes it! It’s got n
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Ms. B
May 04, 2016 Ms. B rated it liked it
Those who are familiar with The Three Pigs, The Boy who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, and other wolf tales will enjoy this most.
Brigette
Oct 23, 2015 Brigette rated it it was amazing
Love how these familiar stories are linked together with the character of the wolf. Text and artwork "married " so well. Fun to read.
Dolores
Mar 13, 2016 Dolores rated it it was amazing
These books are so much fun. I love the seamless way five fairy tales are woven together, and the humor is just a blast.
A.C.E. Bauer
What fun. A graphic novel that ties in several classic tales with humor and verve.
Amanda
Jul 09, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
This is a really fun version of 5 different wolf stories. It's an enormous book and is illustrated comic book style with lots of interesting asides from all the characters in each story. I love how the stories flow from one to another and the interesting slant or twist that makes each one a little different than the original stories. We read the first 2 last night before bed and my 3 1/2 y/o picked out the page where we stopped and we had to read it this morning before he was out of his jammies. ...more
Frieda
Apr 02, 2014 Frieda rated it it was amazing
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Robin
May 28, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like retellings of fairy tales
Okay, maybe I'm favorably biased toward this book because I know the authors but I really got a kick out of this and I plan to buy it for my nephews who are 4 and 1 1/2 right now. And I may add it to my own collection as well! I've always enjoyed taking fairy tales and updating them which is exactly what Zoe Alley did with The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and more. And then with the wonderful illustrations by her husband Bob, it's just a fun book and I'm glad I took a look at it!
Lisa
Dec 10, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
It is not often I find a picture book to love. I love this one. It is humorous and fun and a page turner. The only complaint I have is its size. If I were to buy this, it would not fit on my shelves.
If you like fairy tales, and big bad wolves, and enjoy a tiny bit of adult humor in your kids books, this one is for you. BTW, when i say adult humor, i do not mean sexual content. I mean smart, savvy, clever stuff that adults get on one level while kids get on another.
Kaethe
Jan 08, 2010 Kaethe rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
We read two of the stories from this last night. For an adult, the idea of having to learn how to read comics is odd, but it seems the PandaBat needs the instruction. These are a little to moral-of-the-story for my taste, but they were just different enough from the originals to appeal to the child. Who was, by the way, delighted to discover how the different stories fit together.

On the other hand, she never loved it enough to want to go back to it.
Catherine
Dec 22, 2008 Catherine rated it really liked it
This book is probably more enjoyable for the adult reading it than the child listening which is a fine balance, I think, for all of the repeat readings parents have to do of simpler stories. The book is set up as a graphic novel with lots of panes on each page. The pictures are great, and the subtext and many jokes make reading these five classic stories very fresh and lots of fun. I hope to add this book to my actual bookshelves very soon.
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Lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, and used to have a pretty fish named Yoshi, who liked to watch tv but, well, you know fish!

Received her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire, and her Ed.M. from Boston University.

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