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Little readers will love second-guessing this funny, fractured fairy tale that replays the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the poor maligned wolf's point of view. No, please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you? It was the old woman who started it.Everyone knows there are at least two sides to every story, and if you believe in the big-eared, sharp-toothed villain of LITTLLittle readers will love second-guessing this funny, fractured fairy tale that replays the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the poor maligned wolf's point of view. No, please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you? It was the old woman who started it.Everyone knows there are at least two sides to every story, and if you believe in the big-eared, sharp-toothed villain of LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, there's a logical explanation for everything. As our antihero tells it, it all starts with the helpful wolf doing odd jobs for Grandma (are you sure you don't want to sit a little closer?). How was he to know that he spoiled Little Red would come along and ruin a good working relationship? Zooming in dramatically from strategic angles, the amusing illustrations offer visual clues that this is a story to be taken with a grain of salt - and a lot of giggling....

Title : The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood
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ISBN : 9780763627850
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood Reviews

  • Richard
    2019-06-27 05:43

    This is a revisionist version of the Red Riding Hood story, told from the point of view of the Big Bad Wolf.He's not as bad as everyone would have you believe--at least if you believe his version. He's a vegetarian, for pity's sake (or at least he can cook like one). He's just a wolf of all trades trying to help Grandma prepare for the impending visit of the bratty kid. The old lady falls into the wardrobe whilst trying to change into a nice dress, and since this is not a C.S. Lewis production, there isn't a soft pile of Narnian snowflakes to act as a cushion. And it just goes downhill from there.Wolves really have it rough in fairy tales. I think they ought to start a union or something.

  • Tahmin Nessa
    2019-07-13 04:12

    This is one of many stories with an alternate ending to its traditional counterparts. Within this book it shows how the Wolf was mistaken to be the 'bad guy'. The Wolf is the narrator and starts this story off by addressing the readers, one of the key phrases throughout the story being 'No, please. Look at me. Would I lie to you?' The Wolf describes himself as a vegetarian, who is a handyman doing odd jobs for Grandma, who he often got along with. However, he often felt neglected when Little Red Riding Hood came round. Each week Little Red Riding Hood would bring toffee for Grandma which was very sticky and horrible for her false teeth, so the Wolf tried to join in and even offered to eat the toffee, however they just continued to ignore him. The day of the incident, the Wolf was in the forest collecting herbs, when he noticed Little Red Riding Hood, he tried to talk to her, but she simply ignored him. So he decided to run to Grandma's house and hide her false teeth, when he noticed Grandma trying to reach for her best dress in the wardrobe, she couldnt reach so he helped her out. But, this is where it went terribly wrong, she fell into the wardrobe, bumped her head and became unconsious. So the Wolf decided to dress up as Grandma and when Little Red Riding Hood decided to pop the toffee in his mouth, he leaped out of bed. This is where the confusion began, it seemed to the outsider that he was about to eat her, He managed to escape before the woodcutter almost chopped him in half.This story is an ideal tool for the literacy hour, especially when looking at alternate endings within traditional tales. In a humorous Toby Forward teaches children that there are always two sides to a story and to never judge a book by its cover.

  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    2019-07-06 05:46

    This is a really amusing retelling of Little Red Riding Hood told from the point of view of the wolf. It’s very clever and the wolf is pretty endearing. The story is witty, funny and engages the reader. It’s a very entertaining book to read and I think kids will like it as much as I do.

  • Becky
    2019-07-15 11:04

    First sentence: No, please. Look at me. Would I lie to you? It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would I? We hit it off from the beginning. Not everyone likes a wolf, do they? Look at you. You're not certain. Would you like to come and sit a little closer while I tell you about the kid? I don't bite. No? Sure? Okay. Up to you.Premise/plot: The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood is sharing HIS side of the story with you, the reader. Will you believe his story? Is it convincing? Or is there still reasonable doubt?! My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I'm not sure if it's "really really liked" or "loved." But I though the narrative was strong. I loved the wolf's voice. His perspective was fun to see. We get this perspective both from the art--the illustrations--and the text itself. I loved how conversational it was. The Wolf was trying his best to charm the reader. Now, is this charming story the whole truth, the real story? Or is he trying to con readers for his own purposes? That's up to the reader to decide HOW close they want to get to the wolf as he tells his story. Text: 4 out of 5Illustrations: 5 out of 5Total: 9 out of 10

  • N_kellie
    2019-06-23 04:55

    Toby Forward’s version of “Little Red Riding Hood” reveals the wolf’s side of the story. This clever version is an amusing tale told by the wolf himself. From the first page, the wolf attempts to convince the reader that he isn’t a bad wolf, and that this whole mess is not his fault. The story starts with the wolf blaming the whole incident on grandma, or the old lady, as he refers to her. After inviting the reader to sit closer (he claims he doesn’t bite) he goes on to say that he had been helping grandma around the house completing odd jobs. He shares that he felt ignored during the weekly visits from “the kid” and that Little Red never spoke to him. Wolf tells about the day that it happened, and how Little Red was on her way over with her basket of toffee, something the wolf complained was far to sticky for grandma’s false teeth. He explained that in a rush to warn grandma about hiding her teeth from the toffee, he accidentally knocked her out cold when he bumped her into her wardrobe. He panicked, put on grandma’s dress, and jumped in her bed, so he could pretend to be her until she got better. When Little Red arrives, the reader will recognize the standard “what big eyes you have” lines from the original, but wolf’s responses are far from “the better to see you with.” He makes up things like he got new contacts, or these old things, referring to his ears. When Little Red gets ready to pop a toffee in the wolf’s mouth, he jumps from the bed, and she thinks the wolf is going to eat her. A woodsman appears and chops a little off of wolf’s tail as he jumps out the window. The story ends with wolf thanking the reader for listening and offers to help with odds and ends around their house. The text is not the only thing that will keep you reading, the illustrations are also amazing. The drawings are from wolf’s viewpoint, and show his sadness when Little Red visits, the short cut he takes to beat Little Red to grandma’s house, and best of all, what happens when Little Red gets to the house and wolf is in grandma’s bed. First, the reader can see the reflection of Little Red in the wolf’s huge eyes, and the view looking out of wolf’s mouth at the girl before she is about to pop the toffee. The illustrations make the wolf look charming, and Little Red appears scary or cold. This book is a great read aloud for primary or intermediate students, but it also lends itself to other classroom use. This would be a great mentor text to show voice, because the wolf’s voice adds so much to the story. It would also be appropriate for making inferences, and characterizing wolf. The story reminds the reader that there are two sides to every story, and forces the reader to question stereotypes, and who to believe.

  • L- Lisa
    2019-07-21 09:12

    This version of the classic tale is told from the Wolf’s perspective. That Wolf works as a handy “animal”, hired by Grandma. Through his first person perspective he describes the little red caped girl who visits Grandma each week, bringing toffee as the treat. Thinking only of saving Grandma’s teeth from the toffee, he goes out to find “the kid” in the red cape. The plan runs amuck with Grandma falling into a wardrobe, bumping her head. That Wolf falls right into the traditional story until, he opens his mouth to gobble the kid in the red cape and she attempts to pop a toffee in his mouth. This sends the Wolf right out of the bed and through a window with the woodsman arriving, complete with the ax. The Wolf makes it out the window, with a blooded tail. He heads off to town, assuring the reader that he is available for any odd jobs, unemployed and a victim of unfortunate circumstances. The soft pencil and watercolor illustrations support the storyline by assuring the readers they may not want to trust the Wolf’s version of the story. His beady yellow eyes even reflect the image of the little girl, arriving at his bedside to greet “grandma” with toffees. There is always two sides to each story! This one is worth considering as preschoolers to grade 2 can compare the Wolf’s perspective to the original story during read aloud. (2005)

  • Laurie
    2019-06-20 07:08

    This book The Wolf's Story of What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood was kind of funny and different from other stories I have read. It about how a wolf tells his story by saying how he's innocent and just does odd jobs around the house for grandma. The wolf goes to grandma house to warn her about the toffee that little red riding hood was about to bring her which gets stuck to her teeth. As grandma reaches for her dress in the closet she falls and hits head and falls unconscious. So as Little Red Riding Hood arrives. The wolf jumps in the bed with grandma clothes on. Then the wolf says she had been trying to get the little girl to speak to him for a long time until now. Ass the little girl screams the wolf jumps out the bed as if he's out to eat her. She screams and a woodsman near by hears and burst through the door with a big ax. The wolf screams for grandma to save him but she wouldn't wake up. The woodsman chased him cut off part of the wolf tale. The wolf continue running and saying if anyone need any odd jobs around just call him. The wolf is still brave enough to continue beginning the friendly wolf he says he is.

  • Ch13_megan Carlisle
    2019-07-21 05:04

    "The Wolf's Story" provides an alternate telling of the well known story. It begins: "No, please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you? It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would I?"From that point on the wolf attempts to convince the audience of his version of events and innocence in the matter. Little Red Riding Hood is cast as a snobby, sugar loving granddaughter and he as a compassionate vegetarian handy man. Whose version of the story is accurate? That is left to the reader to decide. Toby Forward has written an engaging and well paced story. He uses italicization to place added emphasis on parts of the Wolf's story. The illustrations are colored pencil sketches which at times appear bland in comparison to the story. Children in grades K-2 will enjoy this take on the familiar tale.

  • Doreen
    2019-06-29 11:04

    This story is just so funny. Told from the wolf's perspective, I laughed for the entire time it took to read. I can't say that the wolf convinces me of his innocence, but he does a good job trying!

  • AMY
    2019-07-01 04:56

    The wolf was doing odd jobs for grandma and was a vegetarian. Red brought toffee that was bad for Grandma's teeth. She made Red a cape. Red didn't like wolf and he felt left out. Grandma hit her head while reading for a dress in her wardrobe. The wold closed the wardrobe and put on grandma's dress to cover up what was going on. He jumped in bed because his legs looked bad. Red was acting scared. Wolf's excuse for big eye was new contacts. Wolf scares Red unintentionally and hunter comes in with an axe. The wolf jumps out the window. He ran all the way to town and is looking for odd jobs. (His tail got wacked by the hunter.) Great illustrations throughout. The wolf speaks casually and directly to the reader. This would create some great discussion. Highly recommended for Grades K-2.

  • Erica Massarelli
    2019-07-21 08:00

    The Wolf's Story by Toby Forward is the perfect book to use when comparing stories or teaching point of view. In this clever story, we hear the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf's point of view. Throughout the book, he uses many ways to convince the reader that he really is a nice guy and not "bad" at all. He tells the story from his side, sharing that he and Red's grandma were very close and how he wasn't particularly fond of Little Red. His telling of the classic tale leaves you wondering whose side is correct.Aside from the text, the pictures in this story are great! I loved how the illustrator chose to show the images from the wolf's point of view as well. They really helped to tie the story together.

  • Kristen Young
    2019-07-10 03:58

    They say there are always two sides to every story. Reflecting back to Little Red-Riding Hood story about how the wolf ate her grandmother. Wouldn't you like to know the wolf side of the story before we believe her side of the story? Author Toby Forward was able to sit and talk with the Wolf and get his side of the story of the events that happen between Little Red Riding-Hood, Grandma and the Wolf. The two tell two different versions of what happen that day at Grandma's house. After reading "The Wolf's Story: What really happened to little red riding hood" let figure out who was telling the truth and who was telling the lie.-Kristen Young

  • Michael Earp
    2019-07-04 10:42

    Trust me, I'm a wolf!

  • Laura Mueller
    2019-06-30 06:12

    Laura MuellerMarch 4, 2015EDL53500 Library Materials for Children and YouthTitle: The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding HoodAuthor: Toby ForwardPlot: The wolf explains that he was helping grandmother with jobs around her house and felt jealous when Little Red Riding Hood would come around because she got all the attention. Then, when she came by to bring toffee, he accidently knocked grandmother into the wardrobe and she was knocked out so he got scared. He decided to put on her clothes and pretend to be grandmother until she woke up from her bad fall. Then, when Little Red Riding Hood was about to feed him the toffee she brought, he accidently scared her. The loud commotion alerted the huntsman and the wolf made it out of the house alive but the huntsman cut off the tip of his tail. He claims it was all a misunderstanding.Setting: grandmother's houseCharacters: the wolf, grandmother, Little Red Riding Hood, huntsmanPoint-of-View: first person Themes: honesty, truth, helpfulStyle: This story is a fractured fairytale written from the wolf's point of view.Copyright: 2005Reflection: I really enjoyed this story because it was based on the actual story of Little Red Riding Hood but the wolf was trying to convince the reader of his innocents in the accident/misunderstanding. It was very creatively written and humorous.

  • Todd Strader
    2019-06-21 10:10

    Recently I read 20 picture book depictions of Little Red Riding Hood in preparing to write my own version. Of the twenty, several stood out to me as outstanding for one reason or another. This was one of those.What I love about THE WOLF'S STORY by Toby Forward (illustrated by Izhar Cohen) is the unreliable narrator. Written in the same vein as THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS by Jon Scieszka. In this book the wolf has his own version of what really happened that day with Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. "Oh, Grandma," she said."What BIG teeth you have."And this was what made it worse...SHE WAS about to pop one of her sticky toffees into my mouth. And I couldn't stand that, so I leaped out of bed, and may have looked as thoug I was going to eat her or something. Then she started screaming."WOLF! WOLF! You've eaten my grandma!"Do I look like the sort of wolf who goes around eating grandmas?I also like it that Toby Forward does not expose the wolf as unreliable. It is left up to the reader or the inflection of the reader (if reading to a child) to suggest the truth or false nature of the wolfs testimony.  The only hint comes in the last line."Would I lie to you?"

  • Year 3/4
    2019-06-24 05:00

    The Wolf’s Story is similar to the little red riding hood fairy tale that we all know but the wolf is persuading us that he is innocent. The author is Toby Forward and the illustrator is Izhar Choen.The wolf helped Grandma with jobs around the house. Little red riding hood gave Grandma some sticky toffee that makes Grandma’s false teeth stick together. The Wolf sees little red riding hood walking in the woods with a brown basket with sticky toffee inside. The Wolf runs to Grandma’s house to warn her to hide her false teeth. When the Wolf gets there Grandma was trying to get her best dress but she fell over into the wardrobe and bumped her head. The hand-drawn pictures use a lot of detail to show the reader that the wolf was innocent. The illustrator drew a picture of the wolf’s eyes close up and we can see the reflection of little red riding hood in the wolf’s eyes. Another interesting illustration is when we get to see little red riding hood from the view of inside the wolf’s mouth. We liked when the wood cutter came and chopped the wolf’s tail because it was funny when the tail was in half. The second part we liked was when the wolf acted like Grandma because it was hilarious when he was dressed like a lady. We recommend that it is suitable for all ages.

  • Leah
    2019-07-21 05:46

    Here we have another vegetarian Wolf, but this one also moonlights as Grandma's personal assistant, helping her around the house, doing odd jobs. He refers to LRRH as "the kid," and his dislike for her is pretty obvious. He also comes across as slightly envious about how much attention the kid gets, and pouts about how much he's ignored when she's around.The Wolf's story seems plausible, and he frequently asks us to come closer, does he "look like the sort of wolf who goes around eating grandmas?" A fun way to explore the concept of two sides to every story.I was a little surprised to see the illustrated blood on pages 29-30, not because it was over-the-top or unnecessarily graphic, just that in children's books, one doesn't normally see the reality of what the woodman's axe actually does to the wolf. In this case it chops off part of Wolf's tail during his escape out a window.All in all, a comical take on LRRH retellings / fractured fairy tales from the wolf's POV. I would probably only recommend this to middle graders and up because of the aforementioned tail-chopping illustration.4 stars

  • Ch_jank-caporale
    2019-07-09 09:10

    I didn't care much for this book. In the tradition of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!" by Jon Scieszka, the wolf's story tells the Little Red Riding Hood tale from the wolf's perspective. The voice of the wolf is intentionally not believable which I found patronizing to the point of offense. (I suspect children already familiar with Scieszka's book will react the same.)The illustrations are pleasant. Granny looks almost modern, though Red is attired from the distant past. In the wolf's version, he is a helpful house servant who tries to spare granny from the debilitating dental effects of the homemade toffee R.R.H. bears in her goody basket. Through a series of misunderstandings (wink-wink) helpless R.R.H. is saved by a woodcutter who bursts in at the very last moment and cuts off the wolf's tail as he escapes through a window. The story ends with the wolf looking for odd jobs and presenting himself as "completely trustworthy" (wink-wink). Maybe a good one for very young children (K-1)for whom Scieszca's book is a bit too old)but I wouldn't really encourage wasting your time.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-21 03:05

    This story is an alternative versionof little red riding hood told from the wolf’s perspective. He explains how everything was a big misunderstanding and how he would never hurt grandma. He explains how grandma fell and bumped her head when Red knocked on the door. He panicked, so he put on one of grandma’s dresses and jumped into her bed. When Red notices him, she screamed. A woodcutter came in and chopped a piece of his tail off as he jumped out the window. He promises that he would never hurt grandma or anyone else for that matter. This book would be good to use for younger children. It helps to explain that there is always two sides to every story.I read this book to my year two class after reading the traditional version to them first. I then got hem to write a character profile of the wolf. They had to decide whether or not they thought the wolf was guilty or innocent. The children really enjoyed debating their ideas before they started to write the character profile and used information from the book to support their opinions.

  • Amy
    2019-07-20 09:01

    In this fractured fairy tale, the wolf tells his side of the story. A simple guy, he helps granny with errands around the house. But he feels neglected; whenever Red Riding Hood comes over to share her toffee with granny, no one talks to him. According the the wolf, no one was ever supposed to get hurt. It was all a simple mistake, that granny fell into the closet and bumped her head right before Little Red came over. Wolf gets chased out of the town, leaving the reader with a simple plea: "would I lie to you?"Reinventing fairy tales allows writers to take a traditional tale and add their own creativity. This fractured tale fell short of my expectations. The story was unconvincing and the illustrations lacked depth. It is geared towards young children, Pre-K to 2nd grade. But I'm not sure I would read it to my students. On the second to last page the woodsman's ax hits the floor as the wolf's bloody tale falls to the floor. A bit of a frightening image!

  • Judy
    2019-06-30 11:03

    Since we all think we know what really happened that day in the woods, Toby Forward offers up the wolf’s side of the story. According to this story, the wolf was a health nut who did odd jobs for granny. Red had met him many times, but never really liked him. When granny accidentally knocks her head in the closet, the wolf panicked and tried to pretend he was granny. He didn’t want to eat Little Red, but she tried to pop a sticky toffee in his mouth and he was jumping away from her. At that moment the huntsman came in and wolfy ran away. He’s looking for a new job now, so if you know anyone…It’s a cute looking at the fact that there is always another side of the story.

  • RLL22016_Antoinette Jernegons
    2019-07-02 06:48

    I like how this book started off on how the wolf tried to persuade you to believe in him by saying, "No, Please look at me. Would I lie to you? The old lady started it." holding a picture of grandma. The wolf made it seem like it's was never his fault and that he was just a friend to grandma helping her around the house. Until Little Red Riding Hood came alone and spoiled everything. The wolf didn't like Little Red Riding Hood he felt left out, he felt that grandma gave her more attention then him when she was around. Until that day he claim that everything went wrong grandma bumping her head and him trying to huge red riding hood. I would say it is it is a good and funny book to read. Please read I guarant you would like it yourself.

  • Melissa Dwyer
    2019-06-27 06:00

    Originally rated G by Sam JackendoffA fun variation on Red Riding Hood. Wolf claims that he is innocent and wants to tell his version of the story.It starts out with this quote: "No, Please. Look at me. Would I LIE to you. It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would? We hit it off from the beginning. Not everyone likes a wolf, do they? Look at you. You're not certain." The rest follows. You do realize that the wolf was set up…, if not, read this book and find out how. This one will keep the little one's hopping and can be used to generate some interesting class discussions.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-24 05:11

    This is the common story of the little red riding hood told in the wolf’s perspective. He explains how everything was a big misunderstanding and how he would never hurt grandma. He explains how grandma fell and bumped her head when Red knocked on the door. He panicked, so he put on one of grandma’s dresses on. When Red notices him, she screamed. A farmer came in and chopped a piece of his tail off as he jumped out the window. He promises that he would never hurt grandma or anyone for that matter. This book would be good to use for younger children. It helps to explain that there is always two sides to every story.

  • Eyehavenofilter
    2019-07-21 02:55

    Very clever artwork, snarky wolf, but a loveable cad. I kind of fell a little bit under his spell, truth be told! I'd believe a wolf, wouldn't you? Especially one who says he's a vegetarian. This one says he was Grandmas handyman, ah...wolf. That he was always there to help with chores and such. He says that Grandma was trying to reach something high up in the wardrobe and that she fell and hit her head. ( sure , sure) anyway he panicked! When Little Red showed up. That's his story and he is ticking to it, minus half his tail, that is!

  • Shannon K
    2019-07-18 09:02

    This book is the Wolfs side of the Little Red Ridding Hood tale. I really like that authors have written books on the classic tales with opposing views, I think they are great teaching tools to use with kids. They can teach them that there can be many different views on one particular event, helps them to form their own opinions, and learn to compare and contrast between the stories. This story was imaginative and was funny at times. Some of the illustrations could be on the scary side, but I think they work well with the book and the text on the pages they are associated with.

  • Stephanie Moran
    2019-07-13 06:59

    My kids enjoyed this book but they did not believe the wolf's side of the story. To me, it felt like a complete bad rip off of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." It could have been done just as clever, but came off amateurish. There was one sentence that really really bothered me, "They really smart when you first put them in - they'd make anyone's eyes look big." uh, what? This story could be better with some polishing.

  • Ellen
    2019-06-25 02:45

    The Wolf feels like he has gotten a bad reputation from all the things that spoiled little girl, Red Riding Hood, has said about him. He's really a vegetarian and helps Grandma with odd jobs like shopping, gardening, putting up shelves. The food that Red brought was just not good for Grandma to eat; the toffees would get stuck in her false teeth. He was just trying to help and it all went wrong!This is a charming and funny little book for children and the 'young at heart'.

  • Jo
    2019-06-21 11:00

    I thought this was pretty funny, although I see that the reviews for it are quite mixed. A great twist on the story of Little Red Riding Hood told from the perspective of the wolf. He's a vegetarian you know, and wouldn't dream of eating someone's Grandma. The wolf tells his story, all while asking the reader if they're sure they wouldn't like to sit just a little bit closer to him. *wink* ;)

  • Meaghan
    2019-07-13 06:06

    This book is very much like the true story of the three little pigs. The wolf just wants to tell his side of the story. He was just a handy man that would help out around grandma's house until Little Red Riding Hood ruined it all. It's told from the wolf's point of view and is really humorus. You're always second guessing what he's saying. Kids will love the book the illustrations are great and kids seem to enjoy these fractured fairy tales as well as the adults reading them!