The Big Bad Wolf and Me
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Keep reading…
Portrayed as big and scary, wolves are known to have cravings for girls in red capes, grandmas and little pigs. There is an unfair representation of wolves in children’s books, a gross amount of stereotyping. Like us, wolves have friends and family (wolves are social predators that live in nuclear families). We eat meat; they eat meat (wolves like to chase their pray to the point of exhaustion before going in for the kill).
Perhaps being big and scary is all a misunderstanding. Bernard the Big Bad Wolf in Delphine Perret’s book The Big Bad Wolf and Me has lost his ability to hunt. Unable to scare children, Bernard loses his confidence and wolfy stature. Mistaken for a nice doggy, he is taken home by a little boy. With the help of his new friend, Bernard goes on a training program of chocolate chip cookies, canned meat and daily scare tactics to regain his confidence and put the roar back into his life.
Consisting of more pages than a standard children’s book, The Big Bad Wolf and Me is formatted like a graphic novel/comic book. Broken down into chapters and panels, the book is filled with simple line drawings. Perret used very little colour, with only a splash here and there to emphasize dramatic moments. To further emphasize those moments, different fonts and sound effects have been added. I love the simplicity of the book; Perret added just enough image and text to tell the story. It is not like the comic books we are used to, which have additional stuffing and bombard readers with images that over stimulate the senses. I was reminded of simpler times as a kid, reading the Sunday comics that came with my parent’s paper.
The Big Bad Wolf and Me, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Delphine Perret
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Publisher Sterling; First Edition (August 28, 2006)