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The Big Bad Wolf Goes On Vacation (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 64
 
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5/ 5


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A sturdy hardcover book with great humor and kid friendly illustrations.

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Minimalistic style is not for everyone.


Final Fiendish Findings?

This is one of those great books that parents will enjoy reading at bedtime, just as much as the kids. Fostering a love of reading is so important, and having books the kids enjoy is really an important factor in making it work. If you or your kids have a quirky sense of humor and a love of simple art, The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Vacation is a must for your family’s reading library.

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Posted May 20, 2013 by

 
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Everybody needs a vacation once in a while – even the big bad wolf.

Life is a tad…unusual for a little boy named Louis. You see, the big bad wolf lives in his closet, and that’s not always an easy secret to keep. Nonetheless, it’s well worth the effort to keep a friend like that nearby. So, after some cookie crunching and homework helping, Louis decides that the Big Bad Wolf can come along on his summer vacation to the beach.

This is a big bad wolf far different from how we’ve seen him before. Far from the little piggie scaring, grandmother swallowing terrors from our childhood tales, this wolf has a sophisticated sense of humor that will have you smiling along as you read to your kids. The fact that this wolf is a vegetarian makes him that much more endearing approachable – and even the youngest of readers will fall in love with his silly ways.

The art style in The Big Bad Wolf Goes in Vacation is very minimalistic. The pages are mostly bare, with only the essential characters making an appearance and no backgrounds to speak of. The book is done in comic book style (minus the boxes and text bubbles) with each character’s words appearing above their heads, each with their own text style to keep them all straight. The characters themselves are also very spare, drawn with simple lines of blue and black. Basic as it may seem at first glance, it works very well with the style of the book, the characters creating a stark contrast against the bare white pages, immediately drawing the eyes to the action.

The Big Bad Wolf, far from being a frightening character, has a droll sense of humor that blends well with the straightforward manner of Louis, and somewhat wacky demeanor of Louis’ grandfather, the only other character pictured in the book. It all works so well together, bringing immediately to mind the perfect pairing that is Calvin & Hobbes – more due to the ageless humor than to the obvious comparison of boy and beast.

I read The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Vacation with my four and six year old daughters, in order to get a youngster’s point of view. Both of them really enjoyed the story, with the artwork a favorite feature for both. The book itself is a very doable read for the six to seven age range, without a lot of words they won’t understand. Yet the humor will make it appealing to kids older than that as well, even if it will be a quick read for them. This is one of those great books that parents will enjoy reading at bedtime, just as much as the kids. Fostering a love of reading is so important, and having books the kids enjoy is really an important factor in making it work. If you or your kids have a quirky sense of humor and a love of simple art, The Big Bad Wolf Goes on Vacation is a must for your family’s reading library.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)