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Wolf Won't Bite!

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  784 ratings  ·  168 reviews
A funny picture book about three little pigs and a wolf who (maybe) won't bite.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Sorry, why did the pigs think the wolf wouldnt bite? Hes a wolf! This could be all me too. I have always liked the wolf. Even as a kid, I rooted for the wolf! :D

Beautiful illustrations as always with an Emily Gravett book, but I just didnt feel the humor in this one.

Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: primary-books
Wolf Won't Bite shows the three little pigs who have captured the big bad wolf and are parading him around a circus, forcing him to do various tricks. The pigs believe that "wolf won't bite" after every trick, but at the end, he escapes and does in fact attempt to bite them.

The illustrations in this book are fabulous, and children will enjoy seeing familiar fable characters in a new setting. At first, I didn't quite get the ending, but realized that it teaches children that everyone has a
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, picture-book
Three pigs show all the things they can do to (or have done to) wolf knowing that "wolf won't bite!" It almost feels like those three little pigs are finally getting their revenge on a puppy-looking wolf. But like many of Gravett's picture books there is a surprise ending that is just as much fun as the brilliant illustrations. I also adore the illustrations. The black, grey, white, pink, and red colors (with a touch of gold or brown here and there) give the pigs a cohesive feeling vs the lone ...more
Erin Murray
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was another good adaptation of the fable 'The Three Little Pigs'. It showed a different version where the pigs had managed to capture the wolf and parade him round a circus. I was surprised within the text that the wolf acceded to their every demand right until the very end of the text. The illustrations throughout the book were lovely and the various fonts throughout were a lovely addition to the story.
Disclaimer: I got this for free via kindle

About time someone gave Wolfie some love. Loved this.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A funny fable with the message that everyone deserves respect, and sometimes victims will lose patience with bullies. For fans of other quirky and controversial books, for example This Is Not My Hat, and of course Gravett's other works.
Berkley Morris
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Wolf Won't Bite" was simply amazing. This is the type of book where the illustrations would have been sufficient enough to tell the story. In this version of "Three Little Pigs," the pigs were on a mission of revenge to get back at the wolf. There is a strong presence of sarcasm throughout this book. This was written so that both children and adults can equally enjoy reading and hearing this story.
It is evident as to why this book has been banned and considered controversial. Revenge comes
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is an odd little book. There's a strong implication that these are the three little pigs, who have somehow started a circus in which they basically abuse the heck out of the big bad wolf, everything from dressing him in tutus to firing him out of a cannon. Eventually, the wolf snaps and does indeed chase them, apparently with intent to eat them. What's odd here is that I can't quite figure out what the author is trying to do. Is this supposed to be a sequel of sorts to The Three Little ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, I'm a Gravett fan and enjoy her shocking endings that are at times almost too twisted for children's books. At least they aren't for wimpy children (or adults) without a sense of humor. So, I was waiting...waiting...for the moment that the bite might happen as we are assured that "wolf won't bite"! So will he or won't he? I loved it from cover to cover and my children giggled and giggled.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I confess I am conflicted over this book. I absolutely adore the illustrations and the idea, but I am not sure if it's just a little too creepy for its intended audience. They cut the wolf in half, and then, in fact, the wolf DOES bite. I can see most kids thinking it's funny and giggling, but I would be a little nervous of that one kid in the class who it might actually upset. I'd have to really know my students to read this one aloud.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-2015
Emily Gravett is slowly working her way up to being my favorite illustrator. The story is so-so, but the illustrations are endearing. The wolf's sheepish expression in every panel is fantastic. Especially in the last panel with the pig's heads in his mouth. Beautiful. Amusing.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three circus Pigs have captured a wild wolf, and exploit him to no end. The three pigs make him stand on a stool, dress him in a bow, ride him like a horse, jump through hoops, dance jigs, and various other circus acts, but a wild wolf can only take so much abuse...
Sue Read
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I always like a twist or alternative ending to a traditional story. Partly because it cements the need for children to hear and experience traditional stories, partly because the characters and events of traditional stories are so firmly embedded in our culture and partly because I appreciate someone's love and devotion to the original story so much that they feel they can 'get inside it' and use and adapt it to create something that is both new and familiar for us.

Emily Gravett has loved The
Alice Bennett
An unusual twist on the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf. It features the pigs gloating and essentially bullying the wolf, saying all of the things they can do to him because they think that he won't bite them. We could talk about how the wolf is feeling during this ordeal and why we should be kind to others.
Ashley Stude
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
"Wolf Won't Bite" by Emily Gravett is a very short post modern picture book, and it contains the classing 3 pigs and wolf interaction. This book starts off with the 3 pigs putting up somewhat of a poster for their "show" which is also the cover of the book. The 3 pigs have captured a wild wolf, and they have taught it to do a lot of stuff, including jump through hoops, stand on a tiny stool, and ride him like a horse, but for some reason, the wolf won't bite the pigs. Each page goes on to show ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
With every new Emily Gravett book my hopes are lifted. Her picture book Wolves is hilarious (and creepy). Her Odd Egg is comical and surprising. Blue Chameleon is terrifically clever. Orange Pear Apple Bear is adorable (and provides an interesting look at the importance of word order). Her illustrations are just the cutest, and she has a wicked sense of humor.

This book has both of those: cute illustrations and a wicked sense of humor. The pigs are, quite possibly, the cutest pigs I've ever seen
Robert Beveridge
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: only experienced Gravett fans
Shelves: finished, cle-pub-lib
Emily Gravett, Wolf Won't Bite! (Simon and Schuster, 2012)

I have been a rabid Emily Gravett fan since I first came upon Wolves way back when. Wolves is still one of my favorite modern childrens' books, and I have adored almost all of Gravett's work since. Wolf Won't Bite!, unfortunately, falls into that not-quite-almost category. I can't quite figure out what she's on about here. There's obviously a cautionary-tale aspect here, but is it the tale of the frog and the scorpion? Or the three little
Daisy Toomey
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really wish I'd have known about this book when teaching about alternative fairytales. I took in and made a book display each week and this would have worked really well, particularly for an EAL pupil with limited knowledge English fairytales.

Year 2's loved the "Three little wolves and the big bad pig" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and been a perfect further recommendation. It is a simple plot with no direct explanation that it is in fact the same three little pigs, only
Big Book Little Book
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alison For Big Book Little Book

This is a picture book perfect in its simplicity. The illustrations are set against a stark white background using a colour scheme of black, pink and red. The colours that you may well associate with the circus. This makes the pictures very clear and they tell the story alone. This is a picture book where the words are there to add to the pictures rather than the other way round. Child or adult you know how the story will end but you still want to carry on to see
Rebecca Tenbrook
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is another unique variation on the three little pigs. In this book the pigs work at a circus and they explain how they can make the wolf do so many tricks and he will not bite. When the end comes though the reader and pigs are in for a surprise. I really enjoy variation on the three little pigs and I am in the process of collecting and trying to accumulate as many variations of this book as possible. It seems to me that this traditional tale has the most variations. There are so many ...more
Emily Gravett is one of my absolute favorite picture book creators. Her books contain elements of wit and whimsy, and they make readers stop and think. They always make me smile. In this cautionary tale about making assumptions about what others will or won't do, three pigs capture a gray wolf. They put him through his paces, making him stand on a stool, dressing him in a bow, and all sorts of fun (for them, but not for him). What they make Wolf do gets worse and worse as the story goes on. For ...more
Alicia Evans
I reread this book in preparation for our circus storytime. It's a cute short book that can easily be read to wide age group, as younger readers won't get bored and the older readers will enjoy the three little pigs reference. I even upped my rating by a star.

For: readers wanting books about the circus or fairy tale retellings.

Possible red flags: imprisonment and danger.

My original review is below.


Gravett tells an interesting version of the three little pigs. Here, the three little pigs
Nov 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Three pigs have captured a big bad wolf and trained it not to bite. What better way to show off their great feat than to start a circus act! Watch as the pigs show all of the wonderful things that they can do to him and the wolf wont bite... Or will he?

Wolf Wont Bite is a very comical story that will keep children giggling as the pigs show off their talent for training the wolf. The stunning illustrations show all of the the silly things that the pigs put the wolf through (and the wolfs
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book about 3 little pigs who perform circus acts with a wolf whom they claim "won't bite." I love the simplicity of this book. The fun illustrations are set up against a white background with large, bold text. Wolf Won't Bite! has a word count of only 99-words, but is full of fun, humor, and suspense. The text is secondary to the illustrations. Some readers claim it is a bit violent (knife throwing, canon ball blast, sawing) but that's all part of a circus act. The illustrations bring ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
The three circus pigs have one main attractiona wild wolf. They love to boast that no matter what they do to him Wolf wont bite! Or will he?

What I thought: Another hit from Gravett. Ill be adding this title to my Three Little Pigs Book List. Wolf Wont Bite is a fun book. I think my story time kids will be on the edges of their carpet squares to see if wolf will bite. The illustrations are great. I like that Gravett used a limited color palette. She also made good use of white space. My favorite
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, dance, 2012
This is a humorous book that is also quite cautionary. It depicts a group of pigs who take it for granted that a docile wolf will not bite them no matter what they subject him to.

I think it's probably a good one for our girls, especially as they take it for granted that our lovely German Shepherd will never bite them, no matter what they subject her to. I'm not sure they have learned the lesson, though, and I hope they never learn it the hard way.

Overall, we thought this was an entertaining book
Sarah Coles
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A spin off from the traditional tale, 'The Three Little Pigs', in which the little characters have captured their foe and are showing 'him' off at a circus. This would be a great story to add to the classroom particularly if the literacy theme happened to be traditional tales. Lots of opportunity for drama and voices in the book.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
All I can say is: thank goodness the pigs got their comeuppance in the end. As usual, Gravett's books spin an original text on it's ear (see also Spells, though this is not one of my favourites of hers.
I really liked this book, but I thought it was a tad creepy. Somehow, the pigs reminded me Animal Farm and they seemed to be subjecting the Wolf to some form of psychological torture. I don't think kids will respond that way. As always with Gravett, the illustrations are beautiful.
The Styling Librarian
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, kids-books
Emily Gravett never fails to make me laugh and additionally feed my quirky sense of humor completely. Three pigs capture a wolf and THINK they have the power to do whatever they like with it... loved the conclusion.
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their ...more

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