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Beware Of The Storybook Wolves

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  484 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Every kid has some story book character that scares them--a wolf, a wicked witch, a creepy bad guy. Here at last is the inspiring silly antidote for that fear.

Herb loves to be scared by the wolves in storybooks--as long as his mom takes the book out of his room at night. When she forgets one night, Herb gets an unwanted visit. Stalling for time, Herb explains that little b
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published May 28th 2000)
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Reyhane
Jan 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: کودک
بد!
مثل باقی کتاب های زعفرانی انتشارات زعفران کیفیت چاپ و کاغذ کتاب خیلی خیلی خوبه و ظاهر بسیار جذابی دارد چنانچه امکان ندارد از چشم بچه موقع خرید کتاب پنهان بماند. کتاب 32 صفحه ست و چاپ اولش 10500 تومان ست.
اما چرا بد؟
ماجرای کتاب برای پسربچه ای به اسم هرب اتفاق می افتد که گرگهای کتاب قصه اش را در اتاقش میبیند و بعد طی اتفاقات بعدی پای پری نگهبان و سیندرلا و پری بدجنس و... به ماجرا باز میشود و از رامپل ستیلتسکین، هیزم شکن، هنسل و گرتل، سه بچه خوک، قورباغه هایی که ادعا میکنند شاهزاده اند و ... اسم
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Claire jobbins
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of Lauren Child, so when I saw this book I thought great, another classic! However, I was slightly disappointed with the overall writing. Child's books often engage us as a reader and make us laugh but this book doesn't engage me as effectively as usual. The writing is effective in the way it follows the characters and bound to certain illustrations as well as changing for each character, but it doesn't include the usual fun that the others do. However, this book does ha ...more
Amelia
Have you ever wondered what characters in your stories get up to when you close the book? Well, wonder no longer! Just make sure to make your mummy take the book with her after your bedtime story or you might find that those big bad wolves (and the little wolf too) pay you a late-night visit! Where's your Fairy Godmother when you need her?

A really fun book (mine was a pop-up - not sure if others are) from the creator of Charlie and Lola. Possibly a little frightening for very young children, but
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Kaetlin V
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Comically depicting a fear that every one of us had as children, Beware of The Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child illustrates what to do if storybook characters really do come to life out of their stories. After Herb and his mother read a fairytale, two wolves come to life out of his book poised to eat Herb. To get out of his predicament, Herb’s solution involves a wicked fairy, a fairy godmother, and other storybook characters.

I was a little skeptical about this book before I read it because fai
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Sandra Couch
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Beware of the Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child tells the story of Herb and his love for a book with two scary wolves in it. Every night he asks his mother to remove the book from his room fearing that something bad will happen if she leaves it there. The night his mother forgets to remove the book sends Herb on his wildest adventure yet.

I enjoyed how the author put a twist on the traditional storybook fairy tales and how she made the characters interact with one another like when the w
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Agapuci
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I really liked in the book is that it is highly intertextual. There are the characters of the cinderella, wolves associated with Little Red Riding Hood, the Fairy Godmother, the Princess, Hansel and Gretel (those are only mentioned) and the wicked fairy. I like this involment of so many characters in the book. The little boy, Herb, wants his mother to take the book with her as she leaves his room, because he is afriad of the content of the book. To me it is more like, metaphorically, that h ...more
Jazmin Maldonado
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beware of the storybook wolves by lauren child was a good read. This book unconventionally includes the old fairy tales. Fairytales such as Red Riding Hood three little pigs and Cinderella with occasional "frog prince" references are used. The storyline is about a little boy named Herb, who after bedtime stories has his mother take the book, "... because there's a wolf in it of course!" When he and his mother forget to take the book out of the bedroom, two favorite fairy tale wolves are alive! T ...more
Zareen
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is truly a treasure. It was most certainly a clever idea to write about characters coming out of the books at night!
It’s about a little boy called Herb who thoroughly enjoys books about wolves but equally doesn’t want his mother to leave the books out when he goes to sleep. One night his mother forgets to take the book out and, low and behold, the wolves in the story of the Little Red Riding Hood escape and come in to his room. He enlists the help of the fairy godmother in Cinderella a
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Kayla
Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Lauren Child did a great job! I love imagination this story created. Any child would get a kick out of reading this book and relate to it as well as make many connections. The illustrations were extremely bright, fun, and colorful; which indeed is great for the preschool age. The fonts were italic, bold, cursive, and plain to catch the readers attention. Overall, a very fun loving story by Child!
Kathryn
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS

Cute and entertaining, though a bit unnecessarily long-ish and wandering in places. Not my favorite Lauren Child, but appealing if you like fairytales with a little twist.
Sunshine
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not my fave!
Meredith
fun combination of different storybook characters. However the different styles of text would make it difficult for a younger child to read.
Lauren Gray
Title: Beware of the Storybook Wolves
Author/Illustrator: Lauren Child
Genre: Non-Traditional Picture Book
Theme(s): Imagination, Bedtime, Stories

Opening line/sentence: “Every night Herb’s mother would read him a bedtime story.”

Brief Book Summary: Herb was very intrigued by his book with two scary wolves, making his mother take the book out of his bedroom every night. His mother forgets to the take the book and that night the wolves and the rest of his books come to life. Using his logic and cha
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Ben Clark
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Beware of the Storybook Wolves" is a postmodern picture book that tells the story of a young boy named Herb's quest to outsmart the wolves who escaped from his copy of "Little Red Riding Hood" and are attempting to eat him. Why describe the books as "postmodern"? Well, because it toys with and intentionally disrupts the reader's notion of what a picture book should be. For example:

There is an intertextuality to the book that involves referencing other well-known children's stories and fairy tal
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Melissa Long
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
The story is set up in portrait, or vertical, format. The media used in the illustrations seems to be a mixture of watercolor and stencil. One of the most interesting aspects that makes this book so unique is that the author uses many different fonts throughout the story. For the most part, the font is different whenever a different character speaks. For example, the narration of the story is done with an informal, flowery font, however, when the wolves are speaking within the story, their dialo ...more
Nicole
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lauren Child’s playful tale of a boy named Herb, who when left alone with the story Little Red Riding Hood one night, discovers that the two wolves have stepped out of the book and entered his room, makes for an unpredictable and refreshingly unique read aloud. Lauren Child plays with the conventions of traditional narrative by incorporating metafictive devices throughout the story including typographic experimentation, nonlinear text, unique design elements and the use of mise-en-abyme. For exa ...more
Traci
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lauren Child’s “Beware of Storybook Wolves” is a very imaginative story and engaging to read. Any child would get a kick out of reading this book and relate to it as well as make many connections. The story revolves around Herb, and he’s afraid of storybook characters just like everyone else. One night his mother forgets to take these books out of his room and they come to life that night. Herb is forced to face his fears and find a way to escape the hungry wolves. If you are a fan of Lauren Chi ...more
Meridith
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beware of the Storybook Wolves is a playful spin on classic fairy tales that children are sure to enjoy. Herb is a young boy who loves fairy tales, especially those that involve wolves, but he is no dummy and knows that the wolves are bad news. Every night after his favorite wolf story he asks his mother to take the book with her, fearing that the wolves might escape and it would be the end of his young boy life. All is good until one night Herb's mother leaves his bedside suddenly and forgets t ...more
Emily Clark
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
The story is about Herb. Each night his mother reads his a fairy tale and each night Herb asks his mother to take the book from his room. however one night she forgets to take it. Herb wake in the night to discover two wolves from the stories in his room. Big wolf and little wolf try to eat Herb, but to save himself, Herb tells the wolves that little boys should be eaten for pudding and that should have starters first. AS the night goes on, more fairytale characters come of the book including th ...more
Jennifer
Nov 08, 2011 rated it liked it
“Beware of the Storybook Wolves” by Lauren Child is a book about a little boy named Herb and how he loves the stories about wolves but never wants his mother to leave the books in his room at night. One night she forgot to take the books out of the room and the wolves came alive from their stories. Herb had to try to find a way to keep himself safe and get rid of the wolves before they ate him. He used familiar characters from his other books such as fairytales from Cinderella, and a wicked witc ...more
Deena Lernor
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Beware of the Storybook Wolves is a twist on the fairytale stories. Herb, a young boy who reads a fairytale book a night. He always asks his mom to take the book because he doesn’t want the characters coming out of the book. One night his mom forgot to take the book, and the Big Wolf and Little Wolf came out of the book. They were looking to eat Herb until he diverted to telling them they needed an appetizer. Herb then reached into a different fairytale book, and then got caught by the Wicked Wi ...more
Karin
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lauren Child's "Beware of the Storybook Wolves", is a post-modern picture book that doesn't fail to delight on several levels. It is a playful story about a boy named Herb who enjoys bedtime stories involving wolves as long as his mother doesn't leave the book in his room after she is done reading it to him. The reason for this is that Herb is afraid the wolves might come to life. Then it happens, she forgets. This is when the fun begins. To start with the text is humorously fonted to match each ...more
Dorothy Enders
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author is this book is the creator of the characters Charlie and Lola which is a cartoon that my children used to watch a few years ago. When I saw the illustration on the front of this book, it reminded me of the times spent with my boys watching the adventures that Charlie and Lola used to undertake on our television screen.

Herb's mother reads him a bedtime story each night. Herb truly enjoys the stories that his mother reads to him about hairy and scary wolves like the one in Little Red
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Sundeep Purewal
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a young boy named Herb who loves his stories; as a result his mum would read him one book every night. Herb has a wild imagination so he would ask his mum to take each book with her all the time she finished every night because he was afraid that the characters in the book would come alive. However, one night his mum was distracted and his worst fear happens!! This book takes us all on a journey with Herb, with some help from his favourite book characters, with the aim of avoi ...more
Laura Brendle
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story takes the perspective of Herb, a child who loves to have bedtime stories read to him, but he always warned his mother to take the book with her because of the wolves. When mom forgets, Herb meets the wolves, who end up discussing the order of meals, "real" fairytales, and give some insight as to the fairy godmother's real intentions. The paperback version has a "false" dust cover, with flaps in the beginning and end introducing the author and others of her books. The style of the pict ...more
Maddi Hurrle
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lauren Child's children's book "Beware Of The Storybook Wolves" tells the story of a young child by the name of Herb, whom absolutely loves the story of Little Red Riding Hood and just loves being scared by the wolves of the story, just as long as his mother remembers to take to book out of the room with her when Herb goes to bed. Except this time, his mother forgets to take the book along with her, and just as Herb fears, out from the book come the storybook wolves, and they're hungry.

What caug
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Lauren Edgar
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book "Beware of the Storybook Wolves" is about a little boy named Herb, he is very imaginative and LOVES books about wolves, but he does not want his mom to leave the books in his room as night. One night his mother forgets to remove the books and the wolves sneak out of The Little Red Ridding Hood and into Herbs room! Herb searches to find ways to keep himself safe and make the wolves go away before they get him. He used characters from all kinds of familiar stories and fairytales. With hel ...more
Elizabeth Smith
Child, Lauren. Beware of the Storybook Wolves. United States: Scholastic, Inc, 2000. This metafiction children’s book tells the story of a little boy who loves reading fairy tales. However one night his stories come to life and he has to use what’s in his fairytale books to save him from being eaten by two hungry wolves. One thing that I really appreciated about this book was that the main character was a boy. Sometimes I feel like stories related to fairy tales can be a little sexist in the way ...more
Anna Laskownicka
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
'Beware of the Storybook of Wolves' is another Lauren Child's book, which contains a mixture of different fairy tales in it. Again, there is a boy called Herb, who's mother reads him a story about 'Little Red Riding Hood'. This time however, it is a wolf (in accompany of the little wolf) who appears in Herb's world.

I must admit that I am not entirely convinced to this book, because I cannot decide whether the message is absolutely positive. I understand that all bad things can be changed, with t
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Sparks
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Book Beware of The Storybook Wolves is a picture book by Author Lauren Child and is about a young boy called Herb who loves bed time stories, in particular the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The plot is (being a childrens picture book not a very complicated one) that every night after reading to Herb his mother will take the book out of the room by his request (Are you following). But one night she forgets to take the book out of the room and so Herb is woken in the middle of the night by ...more
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