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Ages 4-7. Grandma Wolf smiles with sharp teeth. A little pig in the background has his face up to his hands, reminiscent of Macaulay Culkin in the movie Home Alone. The dust jacket illustration makes it seem as if a scary story is ahead. And why not. A big hairy wolf has moved into the woods, and all the animals know they should leave her alone. Curiosity gets the best of them, however; they creep up on her cottage and keep asking "What's the time, Grandma Wolf." Each answer seems more threatening: time to wash the stew pot, chop the wood with a sharp ax, make the fire. But when she finally yells, "It's dinnertime!" instead of running, the animals sit down for stew and a read-aloud of Grandma's favourite story, "Little Red Riding Hood." Basing the book on the game "What's the Time, Mr. Wolf." (rules on the back flap), Brown takes this game of tag and turns it into something quite delightful. The watercolour art is top-notch, with every character humorously distinctive. His depiction of Grandma is a particularly fine mixture of menace and sly good humour. A fun read-aloud. Ilene Cooper
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"Good fun." "Young readers will feel a note of pleasing apprehension...but never enough to stir terror. The repetitions may even provoke readers to chime in and Brown has provided the rules for a game...that kids can play on their own." "Brown takes this game of tag and turns it into something quite delightful. The watercolor art is top-notch, with every character humorously distinctive. His depiction of Grandma is a particularly fine mixture of menace and sly good humor. A fun read-aloud."