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The Wolf's Story

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Told in the confidential, conversational voice of a New York wheeler-dealer, this version of the Grimm Brother's story of Little Red Riding Hood is retold from a fresh perspective - the wolf's!
Unknown Binding, 25 pages
Published July 13th 2006 by Walker Books Ltd
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Tahmin Nessa
This is one of many stories with an alternate ending to its traditional counterparts. Within this book it shows how the Wolf was mistaken to be the 'bad guy'. The Wolf is the narrator and starts this story off by addressing the readers, one of the key phrases throughout the story being 'No, please. Look at me. Would I lie to you?' The Wolf describes himself as a vegetarian, who is a handyman doing odd jobs for Grandma, who he often got along with. However, he often felt neglected when Little Red ...more
Laurie
May 04, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional-lit
This book The Wolf's Story of What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood was kind of funny and different from other stories I have read. It about how a wolf tells his story by saying how he's innocent and just does odd jobs around the house for grandma. The wolf goes to grandma house to warn her about the toffee that little red riding hood was about to bring her which gets stuck to her teeth. As grandma reaches for her dress in the closet she falls and hits head and falls unconscious. So as ...more
N_kellie
Oct 19, 2010 N_kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toby Forward’s version of “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the wolf’s side of the story. This clever version is an amusing tale told by the wolf himself. From the first page, the wolf attempts to convince the reader that he isn’t a bad wolf, and that this whole mess is not his fault.


The story starts with the wolf blaming the whole incident on grandma, or the old lady, as he refers to her. After inviting the reader to sit closer (he claims he doesn’t bite) he goes on to say that he had been help
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L- Lisa
Feb 08, 2010 L- Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional
This version of the classic tale is told from the Wolf’s perspective. That Wolf works as a handy “animal”, hired by Grandma. Through his first person perspective he describes the little red caped girl who visits Grandma each week, bringing toffee as the treat. Thinking only of saving Grandma’s teeth from the toffee, he goes out to find “the kid” in the red cape. The plan runs amuck with Grandma falling into a wardrobe, bumping her head. That Wolf falls right into the traditional story until, he ...more
Ch13_megan Carlisle
"The Wolf's Story" provides an alternate telling of the well known story.
It begins:
"No, please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you? It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would I?"

From that point on the wolf attempts to convince the audience of his version of events and innocence in the matter. Little Red Riding Hood is cast as a snobby, sugar loving granddaughter and he as a compassionate vegetarian handy man. Whose version of the story is accurate? That is left to the reader t
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Leah
Mar 11, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we have another vegetarian Wolf, but this one also moonlights as Grandma's personal assistant, helping her around the house, doing odd jobs. He refers to LRRH as "the kid," and his dislike for her is pretty obvious. He also comes across as slightly envious about how much attention the kid gets, and pouts about how much he's ignored when she's around.

The Wolf's story seems plausible, and he frequently asks us to come closer, does he "look like the sort of wolf who goes around eating grandmas
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Year 3/4
Aug 13, 2014 Year 3/4 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wolf’s Story is similar to the little red riding hood fairy tale that we all know but the wolf is persuading us that he is innocent. The author is Toby Forward and the illustrator is Izhar Choen.

The wolf helped Grandma with jobs around the house. Little red riding hood gave Grandma some sticky toffee that makes Grandma’s false teeth stick together. The Wolf sees little red riding hood walking in the woods with a brown basket with sticky toffee inside. The Wolf runs to Grandma’s house to warn
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Doreen
Mar 03, 2011 Doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults and children - for a good laugh
Recommended to Doreen by: saw it at the library
This story is just so funny. Told from the wolf's perspective, I laughed for the entire time it took to read. I can't say that the wolf convinces me of his innocence, but he does a good job trying!
Laura Mueller
Apr 28, 2015 Laura Mueller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Mueller
March 4, 2015
EDL53500 Library Materials for Children and Youth

Title: The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood

Author: Toby Forward

Plot: The wolf explains that he was helping grandmother with jobs around her house and felt jealous when Little Red Riding Hood would come around because she got all the attention. Then, when she came by to bring toffee, he accidently knocked grandmother into the wardrobe and she was knocked out so he got scared. He decided to put o
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Sarah
Dec 03, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is an alternative versionof little red riding hood told from the wolf’s perspective. He explains how everything was a big misunderstanding and how he would never hurt grandma. He explains how grandma fell and bumped her head when Red knocked on the door. He panicked, so he put on one of grandma’s dresses and jumped into her bed. When Red notices him, she screamed. A woodcutter came in and chopped a piece of his tail off as he jumped out the window. He promises that he would never hurt ...more
Ch_jank-caporale
I didn't care much for this book. In the tradition of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!" by Jon Scieszka, the wolf's story tells the Little Red Riding Hood tale from the wolf's perspective. The voice of the wolf is intentionally not believable which I found patronizing to the point of offense. (I suspect children already familiar with Scieszka's book will react the same.)
The illustrations are pleasant. Granny looks almost modern, though Red is attired from the distant past. In the wolf's
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Amy
Feb 09, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional-lit
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Stephanie Moran
My kids enjoyed this book but they did not believe the wolf's side of the story. To me, it felt like a complete bad rip off of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." It could have been done just as clever, but came off amateurish. There was one sentence that really really bothered me, "They really smart when you first put them in - they'd make anyone's eyes look big." uh, what? This story could be better with some polishing.
Marcia
I always enjoy a good fractured fairytale and playing the story through different lenses is fun. This is the wolf's point of view, and while there are many others sharing the much maligned creature's opinion, this one is enjoyable. With a wink and a nudge, "Who, me lie?" the wolf let's us know what really went on between him and grandma and that snobbish girl in the ruby cloak. Fun!
Ellen
The Wolf feels like he has gotten a bad reputation from all the things that spoiled little girl, Red Riding Hood, has said about him. He's really a vegetarian and helps Grandma with odd jobs like shopping, gardening, putting up shelves. The food that Red brought was just not good for Grandma to eat; the toffees would get stuck in her false teeth. He was just trying to help and it all went wrong!
This is a charming and funny little book for children and the 'young at heart'.
Judy
Since we all think we know what really happened that day in the woods, Toby Forward offers up the wolf’s side of the story. According to this story, the wolf was a health nut who did odd jobs for granny. Red had met him many times, but never really liked him. When granny accidentally knocks her head in the closet, the wolf panicked and tried to pretend he was granny. He didn’t want to eat Little Red, but she tried to pop a sticky toffee in his mouth and he was jumping away from her. At that mome ...more
Shontele
May 08, 2016 Shontele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
This is a story that presents an alternate ending the famed Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. We have the protagonist, The Wolf attempting to convince everyone that he is the victim of a grave misunderstanding. He is actually an employee of grandma, and would never harm her. It is a nice take on a classic.
Lisa
Jul 02, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Brilliant re-telling of the little red hiding hood fairy tale, the illustrations are brilliant, especially for the whole "what big eyes/ears/teeth you have" scene. Great little book! Narrated by the wolf, telling his side of the story, which was just a massive understanding, you believe me right? ;)
Melissa Dwyer
Originally rated G by Sam Jackendoff
A fun variation on Red Riding Hood. Wolf claims that he is innocent and wants to tell his version of the story.

It starts out with this quote: "No, Please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you. It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would? We hit it off from the beginning. Not everyone likes a wolf, do they? Look at you. You're not certain." The rest follows. You do realize that the wolf was set up…, if not, read this book and find out how. This on
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Alice
Jan 21, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This is a strange yet hilarious book. The Wolf didn't do anything wrong! Of course! It is a funny retelling of the story of Little Red Riding --Cute fun! Read it!
Jessica
This is the common story of the little red riding hood told in the wolf’s perspective. He explains how everything was a big misunderstanding and how he would never hurt grandma. He explains how grandma fell and bumped her head when Red knocked on the door. He panicked, so he put on one of grandma’s dresses on. When Red notices him, she screamed. A farmer came in and chopped a piece of his tail off as he jumped out the window. He promises that he would never hurt grandma or anyone for that matter ...more
Paula Hollohan
Mar 21, 2016 Paula Hollohan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great for fractured fairy tales or any point of view units in elementary school. Good from grade 1-6.
Shannon K
This book is the Wolfs side of the Little Red Ridding Hood tale. I really like that authors have written books on the classic tales with opposing views, I think they are great teaching tools to use with kids. They can teach them that there can be many different views on one particular event, helps them to form their own opinions, and learn to compare and contrast between the stories. This story was imaginative and was funny at times. Some of the illustrations could be on the scary side, but I th ...more
Robin Raines-Bond
Jan 21, 2015 Robin Raines-Bond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Red Riding Hood from the Wolf point of view. Trust Him. It's a fun read.
Laura
I really enjoyed this book and its wonderful illustrations.
Jennifer
My students would get a kick out of this.
Emily
Aug 19, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-school
Yes, I just rated a picture book 4 stars.
Eyehavenofilter
Very clever artwork, snarky wolf, but a loveable cad. I kind of fell a little bit under his spell, truth be told! I'd believe a wolf, wouldn't you? Especially one who says he's a vegetarian. This one says he was Grandmas handyman, ah...wolf. That he was always there to help with chores and such. He says that Grandma was trying to reach something high up in the wardrobe and that she fell and hit her head. ( sure , sure) anyway he panicked! When Little Red showed up. That's his story and he is tic ...more
Claire
May 12, 2016 Claire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jess, this-year
Cute little story from the POV of the Wolf.
SouthWestZippy
Very interesting side of the story.
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