What's the Time, Mr Wolf?

What's the Time, Mr Wolf?

What's the Time, Mr Wolf?
Debi Gliori

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

ISBN 9781408819401

What's the time, Mr Wolf? It's story time with Debi Gliori! Accompany Mr Wolf as he goes about his daily routine from breakfast to bedtime - and get to know the real Mr Wolf! Little ones will enjoy recognising familiar faces from a plethora of nursery rhymes, including Little Red Riding Hood (masquerading as the post girl), three cheeky little pigs (who make prank calls), a cat who's a dab hand at the fiddle, plus four and twenty blackbirds . . . An enchantingly original story inspired by the well-known playground tag game, this is also perfect for practising telling the time. The stunning artwork reveals something new with every reading and the many fabulous details will keep you turning the pages again and again.

Librarian's Book choice

I have always found that young children are immediately attracted to the colourful, detailed illustrations of a Debi Gliori picturebook and this one will be no exception. The eye is drawn through the story by the humorous little vignettes, cleverly aligned text and glorious full page spreads with all the nursery characters to spot.

The story is based, of course, on one of the most eternally popular playground games, but this time we are firmly on the side of poor Mr Wolf, woken at the crack of dawn by four and twenty blackbirds and who can have no snack at eleven because even his dish has run off with his spoon. But as each hour passes we begin to suspect that this might even be a special day for Mr Wolf and indeed the book arrives at party time with all his nursery rhyme friends to celebrate with him.

The birthday that everyone appears to have forgotten is a very familiar theme but it is very beautifully and wittily done here. The text is a delight to read aloud mixing, as it does, the refrains of nursery rhymes into the ongoing story of the day and to top it all the book provides useful practice in telling the time! This is a perfect book for KS1 since to fully appreciate the humour they do need to have played the game and to know all the traditional tales and rhymes.

Reviewed by schools librarian Joy Court