‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’: a Must for Every Home, School and Library Collection
I was one horrified librarian last week when I discovered that my school library didn’t have a copy of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ – surely every library and home must own a copy of this classic cautionary tale! Not sure where ours disappeared to but we had to get a new copy asap.
I settled on this version below, which is retold by B.G. Hennessy and illustrated by Boris Kulikov.
To add this book to your home, school or library collection please click here.
It arrived early this week and is now one my all-time favourite retellings of a classic tale. Whilst remaining faithful to the story, the wording has been updated for children of today. The shepherd is so bored watching his sheep (I can’t tell you how many times a week I hear that word) and decides to create some excitement by…well you know what he does.
His crying of wolf is rewarded when a friend is left with him to help him out. The shepherd thinks, ‘well that was a fun afternoon’ and tries it again, until the townsfolk cotton on to what is happening.
You know what happens next.
When I turned the page to where the townsfolk have not rescued him and his sheep and I saw not a sheep on the page I was initially fearing dead sheep (and reading it to 20 five year olds who looked like they might burst into tears). Fortunately the next page reveals all to a young audience – if they are very carefully reading the picture. Possible tears turned to laughter and uproar.
This is a darned excellent retelling of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ – a tale which surely should be read multiple times to young children! The watercolour and gouache illustrations are cheeky (nose picking?!), rich in detail and perspective is used to great effect.
Note to self: MEGAN, ALWAYS pre read new books before sharing with a class. Sometimes people die, sometimes war books are not suitable for 4 year olds and sometimes YOU may cry when reading a book. None of these things happened in ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ it was a close call. Seriously…will I EVER learn? I get so excited when I rip open packages of new library books and I HAVE TO SHARE THEM immediately with any child who will listen. MUST LEARN TO PRE READ. Still living down reading a book on Grandparents Day where grandma DIES and that time I cried (sobbed) reading ‘Treasure Box’ in front of Year Five.