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Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf

by Judy Sierra

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2010-08-24)

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Big Bad Wolf’s first visit to his local library (as related in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf) was such a success that he returns to tell his version of “The Three Little Pigs.” His outrageous spin on the tale draws skeptical remarks from his audience: “Isn’t that wolf’s nose getting longer?” asks Pinocchio. “It’s a cooked-up, half-baked tale,” snaps the Gingerbread Boy. And “Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!” squeal the Three Little Pigs. Caught in his own lie, B.B. explains that he is a reformed villain: “Now I’m begging on my knees, Little Pigs, forgive me, please!” How B.B. turns his bad old deed into a good new one provides a happy ending to this fun-to-read fractured fairytale.

One Potato Review

B.B. Wolf finally comes clean - and picks up some new middle names (Bodacious, Benevolent, Bookish) along the way. Seibold fills the edges of these pages with his usual mischief - witness Rumpelstilskin sloppily hammering on Fix-It-Up day at the Villain Villa - but the wonder is always the earnest expressiveness of his leading man: defensive, embarrassed, contrite, and finally determined to make things right. A lot of illustrators wring comedy from alternative fairy tales characters; Seibold makes his sympathetic.   

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