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

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Little readers will love second-guessing this funny, fractured fairy tale that replays the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the poor maligned wolf's point of view.

No, please. Look at me.
Would I LIE to you?
It was the old woman who started it.

Everyone knows there are at least two sides to every story, and if you believe in the big-eared, sharp-toothed villain of LITTL
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Candlewick Press (first published 2005)
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Richard
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bratty kids in red capes
This is a revisionist version of the Red Riding Hood story, told from the point of view of the Big Bad Wolf.

He's not as bad as everyone would have you believe--at least if you believe his version. He's a vegetarian, for pity's sake (or at least he can cook like one). He's just a wolf of all trades trying to help Grandma prepare for the impending visit of the bratty kid. The old lady falls into the wardrobe whilst trying to change into a nice dress, and since this is not a C.S. Lewis production,
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Alex Sarll
The poor misunderstood wolf tells his side of the story at last. He's not frightening at all, really, so there's no reason you shouldn't sit a little closer...
Tahmin Nessa
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Meg McGregor
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a tongue-in-cheek retelling the Little Red Riding Hood story, from the viewpoint of the Wolf.

I like fractured fairy tales and this one is certainly a treat!

The girls really enjoyed the story!

But when I asked them if they would ever go closer to the wolf, they both shook their heads vehemently no!
Megan (ReadingRover)
This is a really amusing retelling of Little Red Riding Hood told from the point of view of the wolf. It’s very clever and the wolf is pretty endearing. The story is witty, funny and engages the reader. It’s a very entertaining book to read and I think kids will like it as much as I do.
Becky
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
First sentence: No, please. Look at me. Would I lie to you? It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would I? We hit it off from the beginning. Not everyone likes a wolf, do they? Look at you. You're not certain. Would you like to come and sit a little closer while I tell you about the kid? I don't bite. No? Sure? Okay. Up to you.

Premise/plot: The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood is sharing HIS side of the story with you, the reader. Will you believe his story? Is it convincing?
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N_kellie
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Laurie
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Ch13_megan Carlisle
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
"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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Doreen
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Ashlie
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book shares the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but through the perspective of the Wolf. In the original story, we only get to see what Little Red saw, so in this story Wolf tries to clear his name. He explains how everything is a misunderstanding and that he in fact did not eat grandma, but he took her place when she hit her head so that Little Red would not be upset when she arrived at grandma’s house. Wolf makes a convincing story, but also asks multiple times “Would I lie to you?” maki ...more
Lorrie
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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AMY
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
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Erica Massarelli
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Wolf's Story by Toby Forward is the perfect book to use when comparing stories or teaching point of view.

In this clever story, we hear the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf's point of view. Throughout the book, he uses many ways to convince the reader that he really is a nice guy and not "bad" at all. He tells the story from his side, sharing that he and Red's grandma were very close and how he wasn't particularly fond of Little Red. His telling of the classic tale leaves you wo
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Kristen Young
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
They say there are always two sides to every story. Reflecting back to Little Red-Riding Hood story about how the wolf ate her grandmother. Wouldn't you like to know the wolf side of the story before we believe her side of the story? Author Toby Forward was able to sit and talk with the Wolf and get his side of the story of the events that happen between Little Red Riding-Hood, Grandma and the Wolf. The two tell two different versions of what happen that day at Grandma's house. After reading "Th ...more
Olivia G
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely a fun read if you are already familiar with the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” as this book is about the wolf's perspective of what really happened. In the story, the wolf explained how there was an incident that happened to the grandmas that wasn’t his fault. The wolf panicked, he knew he would be blamed because he was a scary wolf. That was when he decided to take grandma's place in her bed before Little Red came. Read the book and find out what the wolf’s side of the st ...more
Shane Harcombe
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I love twists on traditional fairy tales, books told from different perspectives etc. This one was alright, but was a bit of a one trick pony.
Elicia Cisneros
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great children’s story book with a good twist on the classic Little Red Riding hood!
Michael Earp
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Trust me, I'm a wolf!
Erika
The Wolf feels his side of the story was never shared, so in this book he shares what happened on that day. It explains the day in great detail and why things happened the way they did. He defended his case. This would be a good book for a primary age students to read.
Laura Mueller
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Todd Strader
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Recently I read 20 picture book depictions of Little Red Riding Hood in preparing to write my own version. Of the twenty, several stood out to me as outstanding for one reason or another. This was one of those.

What I love about THE WOLF'S STORY by Toby Forward (illustrated by Izhar Cohen) is the unreliable narrator. Written in the same vein as THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka. In this book the wolf has his own version of what really happened that day with Little Red Riding
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Year 3/4
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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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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Leah
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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Sarah
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Amy
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: traditional-lit
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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
RLL22016_Antoinette Jernegons
I like how this book started off on how the wolf tried to persuade you to believe in him by saying, "No, Please look at me. Would I lie to you? The old lady started it." holding a picture of grandma. The wolf made it seem like it's was never his fault and that he was just a friend to grandma helping her around the house. Until Little Red Riding Hood came alone and spoiled everything. The wolf didn't like Little Red Riding Hood he felt left out, he felt that grandma gave her more attention then h ...more
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