Hilarious retelling of Aesop's famous fable by one of Britain's most popular children's book illustrators.
Tony Ross was born in London and trained at the Liverpool School of Art. He has worked as a cartoonist, graphic designer, and art director of an advertising agency. He is now considered to be one of the finest children's illustrators in the country.
Praising this ``fresh slant on the boy trickster of fable,'' PW noted that ``the pictures are comic, lushly colored views, particularly amusing when they focus on the urbane wolf.'' Ages 5-up. (Feb.)
Gr 2-5 Don't let the title fool you: this is not Aesop in any shape or form. Willy was a boy who lived on one side of the mountain. On the other side lived a nameless but hungry wolf. The wolf would sometimes don his dinner jacket to go over the mountain and feast on people. Willy often cried ``wolf'' to get out of whatever he didn't want to do, from taking a bath to his violin lessons, and sometimes just for the fun of it. Of course, no one believed him. Poised above Willy with knife and fork and salt and pepper, the wolf hears the unsympathetic, stern adults say, ``You shouldn't have told so many lies!'' They get eaten first, and then the wolf has Willy for dessert. The moral of this tale, says Ross, is ``C'est la vie. '' Jaunty, colorful, cartoon-like illustrations (reminiscent of Steig) coupled with a terse text do not make this a picture book. It is instead a satire for older children who are fond of Roald Dahl's brand of grisly humor. Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Pub . Lib .
"This well-known Aesop's fable (with a twist) is told in Tony Ross's individually quirky style with his distinctive illustrations." * The Bookseller * "There is absolutely no messing around in this picture book...In this bright book full of energy, mischief and movement, both Harry and the wolf get their just desserts." * Child Education * "Tony Ross manages to convey expression and movement with such an economy of style" * Child Education Plus *