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There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story - Lou Carter, ill. by Deborah Allwright

The Big Bad Wolf is late AGAIN and is ruining stories as he rushes through the forest to Grandma's house. When the Three Little Pigs get seriously grumpy AGAIN, Wolf tells them he's had ENOUGH. There will be no more HUFFING and PUFFING from this Big Bad Wolf. The fairytale characters aren't worried – they can totally manage without him!

But Big Bad Wolfing is harder than it looks … And what happens when they realise that they really need a Big Bad Wolf in this story?

I loved this laugh-out-loud take on fairytale character The Big Bad Wolf and how, fed up with always being late and overworked as the 'bad guy' in all these fairy tales, he gives up to see if the other characters can cope without him!

Funny and original, but with enough links to other well known tales/characters to be familiar to readers, this would be a brilliant read aloud for younger children to join in with, or as a read along/alone with older readers for a different viewpoint on things!

I loved the changed viewpoint/perspective of the story - it will undoubtedly prompt great discussion about how there are two sides to every story, about being kind, thinking about how others feel etc.

The pictures too, are a highlight - children will love spotting familiar characters and settings from other tales in the bold, bright, lively illustrations by Deborah Allwright.

Fans of this author/illustrator's first partnership, 'There Is No Dragon In This Story' will not be disappointed -the book continues in the same hilarious manner as the first, and (spoiler alert!) the dragon might even make an appearance along the way as the characters try to find a replacement for the missing wolf!

Find out more about the book via publisher Bloomsbury's website: There Is No Big Bad Wolf In This Story: : Lou Carter: Bloomsbury Children's Books

Follow author Lou Carter on Twitter as @LouCarter240 and illustrator Deborah Allwright as @DebbieAllwright

Thank you to Blue (@bookishblue_) at Kaleidoscopic tours for having me on their blogtour and for the copy of the book to review. Follow them on Twitter as @KaleidoscopicBT

Review by Rich Simpson (@richreadalot) July 2021

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