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Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Is it any good?
This picture book successfully riffs on the Big Bad Wolf story in a way that every preschooler will find amusing. Judy Sierra knows her audience, refusing the temptation to be too sly. But the illustrations have enough inside jokes that bigger kids (not to mention parents) will have a great time digging in to see how many mentions of other stories and rhymes they can find.
Speaking of illustrations, the swirly, saturated computer graphics are a perfect mesh with the story. Stylized and detailed, it's the kind of picture book that invites multiple visits to its pages. Kids will identify with B.B. Wolf's worries and will appreciate the addition of a new friend, an understanding crocodile who helps B.B. figure out how to comport himself at the library tea party. And there's quite a happy-ending payoff, too.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many fairy tale and nursery rhyme references throughout the story and illustrations. They can revisit these with their kids, then go back to the book and talk about the clever way the author and illustrator have played tribute to old favorites. Kids can practice telling their own behind-the-scene stories. (If your kids don't know the stories behind the scenes, you can almost use this book as a bibliography for your next bookshelf tour!)