Shh! (Don't Tell Mr. Wolf!) A Preston Pig Lift-the-Flap Book

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Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media
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Irreverent illustrations spice up simply written story.

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Mr. Wolf appears increasingly injured as the story progresses, but the incidents occur off the pages and the tone is farcical.


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Parents need to know that irreverent illustrations and interactivity spice up this simply written story.

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Kid, 8 years old April 9, 2008

Mr. Wolf vs Preston Pig

Mr. Wolf is planning to eat Preston Pig but gets injured! Some people injure him!

What's the story?

Mr. Wolf has a yen for a tasty treat--Preston Pig! But the clever little porker has other plans. Readers can join in on the fun--lifting the flaps to discover the whereabouts of the shrewd pig as he outwits the conniving wolf.


Is it any good?

The always silly (and never sinister) Mr. Wolf is a buffoon who elicits giggles, not shrieks, from readers. This lift-the-flap tale, with its basic format, opens up the wacky world of Preston for younger audiences, while older preschoolers savor the deliciously witty illustrations. Opportunities abound for reader participation, from lifting the flaps to providing piggy noises.

In particular, the illustrations of Mr. Wolf as he endeavors to be oh-so-subtle in his approach are wonderfully absurd. Some parents may take issue with the ever-increasing injuries Mr. Wolf sustains, but it is all part and parcel of the tale's outrageous, over-the-top tone. Readers will be rooting for chipper Preston as he once again eludes the dastardly Mr. Wolf.

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  • Families can talk about where Preston might be hiding. Kids: Where are your favorite places to hide?

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