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Big Bad Wolves at School

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  153 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Rufus doesn't like school at first. He loves being a wolf and doing wolf stuff -- like running through the woods or howling at the moon. But Rufus, like all wolves, must go to school to learn real wolf work, like wearing clever disguises and speaking sheep.

While Rufus learns, he also teaches: Sometimes ou have to cut loose and learn to be yourself!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Aug 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
I just read this and giggled my way through the whole thing!

Poor Rufus just doesn't fit in with the other wolves at Big Bad Wolf Academy. He doesn't want to huff and puff, or wear disguises, or figure out the best way to get in a henhouse. He's much more interested in doing things the natural wolf way: howling at the moon, running through the trees, and sticking his nose in everything. Of course, Rufus saves the day by being himself.

Brad Sneed's illustrations are brillant and just so aptly fit
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Rufus doesn't fit in at home or at Big Bad Wolf school, either. He'd rather admire butterflies and blow dandelions than skulk and practice disguises. But when danger arrives at the academy, his quick thinking saves the day.

Pretty standard "misfit saves everyone" kind of story, but the illustrations are absolutely adorable. Read it to 1st grade today, and they thought it was funny.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This story is a clever play on fairy tales with wolves, but I can't help but cringe when the hero doesn't pay attention at school and succeeds anyway.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Thought the plot was lacking....I don't know a little something. Don't read out loud if you don't like the way you sound when you try to howl like a wolf. I sound ridiculous.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fantastic, laugh-out-loud illustrations are the highlight in this Ferdinand the Bull-type story.
I'm not a fan of the "big bad wolf" trope, but if you're going to use it, turn it on its head and make it super goofy, in the manner of this book.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a cute idea. It's a book about identity and being true to yourself. And seeing that ones own abilities can have advantages too. It's okay to be different than others.
Sarah Wiwchar
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kindergarten-Grade 4
Shelves: read-with-kids
Read with Kindergarten. I think they liked it.
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Big Bad Wolves at School, by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Brad Sneed, published by Simon and Schuster Books, date published: 2007.
This book is a cute fantasy book about wolves. There is a wolf named Rufus who likes to run around and play all day long and he does not act like a wolf. His parents do not think that Rufus will be able to survive in the real harsh world, so they decide to send him to the "Big Bad Wolf Academy." At this academy, wolves are trained how to act like wolves. They first
Libby Erwood
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed Big Bad Wolves at School by Stephen Kerensky. I am definitely a person that finds joy in a picture book that can make me laugh, and this definitely did so. Any book that follows a animal in situations similar to students in real life can make students stay engaged throughout the whole book yet still find a way to be amused and enjoy it. The illustrations were another part that made this book standout to me. They did a nice job going off what the text said and ...more
Anna Korroch
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh many times and I loved that it took an element of many tales we hear and expanded on it. It is very creative and entertaining. besides the humor, it teaches the lesson that not everyone is good at the same thing. Rufus was not interested in the same things that the other wolves were interested in, but that was a good thing when he saved them from the hunters.
This would be a good read aloud when discussing different interests. It can teach students th
Hyeonjeong Lee
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal Reaction - I like this book because of characteristics of the main character, Rufus. He seems not to be a good student in the school because he does not show interest in the classes, so he doesn't follow teachers's instructions well. However, he has positive thoughts and knows how to react in case of facing serious problems. This character reminds me of what's the meaning of "good student".

Read aloud to K-2 children for several potential purposes:
- Rufus showed leadership when
I enjoyed reading this book to Dominick. The wolves were more human than animal, like a riff on the three little pigs when they were learning to huff and puff.
Poor Rufus was content to be a normal wolf, running in the wild and playing with other animals (okay, not realistic but whatever) but his parents thought he was soft so they sent him to Big Bad Wolf Academy to toughen up so he would survive the outside world.
He did terrible at school. He didn't like the classes. He didn't have friends. Whe
May 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
First let me say, Brad Sneed's illustrations are hilarious! They definitely add to the "must read" factor of this book. What boy isn't going to want to pick up a book that has a wolf sitting in school with two pencils up his nose on the front cover? :)

The idea of the story is also very humorous and off-beat! In Rufus's world, "correct" wolf behavior is huffing and puffing, wearing disguises, acting (like grandmothers or sheep), and learning sheep language. But Rufus likes to howl at the moon, t
Emily Craig
I would use this book to teach opinion writing. During the middle of the book, I would ask the students whether they thought Rufus would ever be a good wolf.

North Carolina Children's Book Award (Children's Picture Book Category) 2008-2009
Dec 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd-4th grade
This is a tale of a wolf who doesn't like to act like the other wolves do. He prefers to howl at the moon and chase things as opposed to his peers who act like fairy tale wolves, dressing up as grandma or blowing houses down. This book presents an interesting perspective of the life of "wolves". It was a cute way to expand on the character of the big,bad wolf from fairy tales. The pictures are fantastic and very comical. This book would be helpful with a unit on fairy tales so children could com ...more
Bethany Ayers
Dec 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a very fun book! It's very humerous and excting. It would be a great book to read after reading The Three Little Pigs because of some events that happen in this book, for example, at school they teach the wolves how to huff and puff. The wolves have to take classes just like regular students, so if you read this in your class, the students will have prior knowledge, and will be able to relate.
The main wolf in this story, Rufus, is not as good as other students in most subjects, however,
Nov 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: folk-fairy-tales
Rufus gets send away to school because his folks don't believe he'll be able to survive in the big, bad world. Dude fails at all his lessons until some hunters show up.

References some traditional wolf fairy tale roles (LRRH, three pigs, wolf in sheep's clothing, etc) and could be worked into a fractured fairy tale unit. Don't know that I love the story--it's OK. I wish it was funnier or that we knew why wolves were learning these things in school because none are effective with dealing with peop
Gwen the Librarian
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Did you ever wonder how the Big Bad Wolf learned so many sneaky tricks? He went to Big Bad Wolf Academy, of course! But Rufus the wolf doesn't like going to school and learning how to blow down houses and dress up like a granny. He would rather roll in the grass and run around and howl. The other wolves call Rufus old-fashioned, but when a group of hunters comes to the forest, only Rufus knows what to do! This is a really funny book with great illustrations!
Jessica Vandewarker
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: modern-fantasy
This book puts a twist on the stereotypes of the bad wolves in fairy tales. It is a humorous tale of one wolf named Rufus. Students will laugh at his antics and understand his frustration in school. This character gives students someone to relate to in school. In order to understand this book the reader must have heard some of the traditional tales like Little Red Riding Hood and some of the unheard of The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf to understand the story.
Peggy Archer
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
BIG BAD WOLVES AT SCHOOL, by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Brad Sneed (picture book)

Opening line: “Rufus was a young wolf who spent his days turning over rocks, rolling in the grass, and running like the wind.” Rufus’ parents send him to the Big Bad Wolf Academy to learn more about being wolf-like. He is not exactly the best student. In the end he saves the day just by being himself. Simon & Schuster 2007
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Rufus isn't like the other wolves. He isn't big or bad and he likes to frolic in the outdoors. So his parents send him to the Big Bad Wolf Academy so he'll learn how to survive in the cruel world. He doesn't fit in at all. He has trouble dressing up in granny's clothes, he couldn't say "baaaa" like a sheep at all, and he couldn't huff and puff. But in the end, his unique abilities turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Big Bad wolf school, um ... yeah... If you are a wolf and want to learn how to dress in grandma disguises, work on breathing at the Huff n puff range (Danger high winds). Learn the language of sheep (baa) and how howl at the moon, then Big Bad wolf school is for you... What I would consider a cool 'boy' book but I think both boys and girls will like this book. Rufus is a wolf that isn't quite sure he want's to be in school (like most school kids). Fun book good for a giggle.
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read180
Rufus the wolf is a true wolf and isn't doing very well in Big Bad Wolf School. Students who struggle in school might empathize with Rufus' feelings and antics and the adventure he has. The illustrations are the funniest part of the book. On thr front cover alone you have Rufus, a teenage gangly wolf who issitting in a school desk with two pencils stuck up his nose. A teacher (wolf) is approaching him with hands on hips. This is one you have to pick up!
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
(3.5 stars)
Rufus' parents worried about him because he was more interested in playing and relaxing versus being a big, bad wolf. So they sent him to the Big Bad Wolf Academy where he could learn to huff and puff, master disguises, and baa like a sheep. But Rufus struggled with these new skills and was much better at being himself.
The Brothers
Rufus the wolf just isn't like the other wolves, so his parents send him to the Big Bad Wolf Academy to straighten him out. Of course he doesn't really succeed there because he's just not interested in being a big bad wolf. But in the end, his natural abilities help save the school from hunters.

Excellent illustrations! Loved them!
Katie Clark
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I really like this book about Rufus, a wolf, that goes to Big Bad Wolf Academy to learn how to huff and puff and other things. Rufus doesn't like going to school at first but as the book progresses he begins to like school and being able to teach others how to have fun. This is a fun book to use in a third or fourth grade classroom.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This was an adorable book about the schooling of a wolf named Rufus who doens't quite fit in with the other wolves and in the end learns that sometimes it's better to just be yourself. The plot connects to other enjoyable stories including big bad wolves such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, etc. Fun illistrations add to the humor of the story. All in all a real cute book.
Kathryn Martin
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adorable book about being yourself and playing to your strengths. Seeing the wolf side and how wolves prepare for the three little pigs is great. I felt bad for Rufus but when he became the hero, I knew he was ell deserving. It does not come easy.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Rufus has to go to school to learn to be a big bad wolf, but dislikes it. Instead, he would rather do normal wolf things. This makes him very unpopular at school. However, his different interests end up helping everyone. Somewhat funny.
This was a fun book about a misfit wolf trying to fit in at the Big Bad Wolf Academy. The book has a fun message about being yourself, while playing around with fairy tales that we've all grown up with.
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