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Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A modern twist on the classic tale, Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf demonstrates that sometimes an unexpected solution to being bullied can have surprising success. Big Red loves nothing more than tormenting Little Bitty Wolf. Little Bitty tries everything to get Big Red to stop bothering him, but nothing works until the school counselor gives him a good idea. This book ...more
32 pages
Published 2016 by APA/Magination Press
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Kate Puleo Unger
This book is an interesting twist on the classic fairy tale. Little Bitty Wolf has to walk through the woods to get to his elementary school. He carries his lunch in a nice basket, and he used to love going to school. After Big Red moves into the neighborhood and starts walking that path, he no longer likes it. Big Red is a bully. She jumps out at him from behind trees, pulls his tail, and eventually steals his lunch. Little Bitty Wolf asks his parents for advice, but telling Big Red to stop and ...more
Apr 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't.
Recommended to Relyn by: No idea, but if I remember, I won't listen to them again.
This book reads exactly like what it is: a pedantic book commissioned by a group of professionals to teach their message. In this case the message is anti-bullying. Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of bullies, and I love books with lessons and even messages. But the message in this book was so heavy-handed without quality writing to allow the story to carry the message. UGH.

The only thing I really did like about this book was the illustrations. Super cute. Other than that, the book is just trying
The classic Little Red Riding Hood tale is reworked into a story about effectively dealing with bullies. Big Red torments the Little Bitty Wolf everyday on the way to school. It becomes consistent enough that Little Bitty Wolf doesn't like going to school anymore. Both of his parents offer him solutions, which he tries, but nothing works until the school counselor suggests Little Bitty Wolf try responding to Big Red's attack in an unpredictable way. Little Bitty Wolf smiles at Big Red the next t ...more
Juliana Lee
Twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood. In this story Red is big and she's mean. Every day she teases Little Bitty Wolf. Little Bitty Wolf tries telling her stop like his mama suggested. And he tries puffing himself up to look bigger like his papa suggested. But nothing worked. Then the school councilor, Mr. Know-It-Owl suggests that he try something Big Red would never expect. Little Bitty Wolf tries smiling. This unnerves Big Red and she returns the basket she took from him that morning. ...more
Patricia Tilton
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Zivoin has penned a charming twist on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood. The author turns this modern day folklore topsy-turvy. Little Bitty Wolf is the target of taunting and bullying by a larger-than-life mean girl, Big Red.  Children will identify with the relentless teasing in this very original fairy tale. Little Bitty Wolf is an adorable  character with heart and determination. Kids will cheer for this little wolf as he attempts to reason and outsmart Big Red in order to ...more
Kimberly Wright Oelkers
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Would you like to read a book about bullying, written by a professional counselor, using a favorite fairy tale? Read this book!
China Harris
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf is a modern version of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. However, the character roles have been reversed, and the story applies a new concept. Big Red is a bully who always follows the Little Bitty Wolf through the woods on his way to Pine Cone Elementary. She makes his journey a nightmare by tripping him, pulling his tail and even stealing his lunch basket. The Little Wolf does not know how to handle his situation with Big Red, and asks his parents ...more
Zoraida Rivera Morales
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers, parents and kids who want to know about the topic
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Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations are lovely and make a great match with the text. This fractured tale kept me guessing till the end. I even stopped reading trying to guess the ending, but no, I didn't guess. (Got close!)

This book is a great resource against bullying and an excellent way to talk about this topic in schools or at home. Be ready to listen and know that your audience may identify with either of the characters. Have other alternatives to offer.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Turns the story of Red Riding Hood around, so that Big Red is bullying Little Bitty Wolf on his way to school.

Adults in the book are bystanders. They don't witness the bullying, but they don't intercede at all once they know about it, either.

I'm a little disconcerted by the counselor's advice.

I also wonder at which point the adults would intercede. We have stolen property. We have mild physical violence.
Lauren Cunningham
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow, bullying
Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf is a story based on a twist to the old time fairy tale. In this story Big Red is a bully toward Little Bitty Wolf. This story explains what both characters may do in regard to being the bully and being bullied. Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf has an ending that makes you wonder “hm, could the solution be that easy?!” Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf is a Folklore that was written by Jeanie Ranson. I think that this story would best fit grades Kindergarten to ...more
Alexis Cohen
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folk-fairy-tails
I really enjoyed this book because it added a new twist from the typical Red riding hood story that I grew up with. In addition, it also helps children understand what bullying is and the effects of bullying. However, it also shows children how they can deal with a bully in a healthy way.
Sarah Catherine
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary
The absolute perfect book about bullying written in language littles can understand.
Suzi Sherman
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About being kind and overcoming a bully
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is a nope from me but cute illustrations.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
This book takes on the problem of bullying with familiar characters and the tables have been turned.
Miss Sarah
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bullying
I really liked this picture book about bullying where the wolf is being bullied by little red riding hood. Older audiences for subject matter but positive easy suggestions to work on bullies.
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A retelling of Little Red Riding to teach a lesson about bullying.
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Jeanie Franz Ransom is a children's picture-book author and former elementary school counselor with a penchant for puns and a fondness for fractured fairytales. Her books include the award-winning "What Really Happened to Humpty?" and "The Crown Affair," and her newest title, "Cowboy Car."

Jeanie also writes self-help books for kids and the adults in their lives, including "Don't Squeal Unless It'

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