I finally saw this book I had heard about when I was at Cover to Cover yesterday. A large book--one that I think kids may have trouble fitting in their book bags when they decide to check it our from the library. But, after reading it, I decided it would be well worth it--carrying this large book around!
THERE'S A WOLF AT THE DOOR: FIVE CLASSIC TALES retold by Zoe B. Alley is quite amusing. You know I love new versions of old tales and this book has 5 classic tales--The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf In Sheep's Clothing, and The Wolf and the Seven Little Goslings--all starring The Wolf.
The illustrations are done in comic book/graphic novel form. The stories follow the traditional tales but add quite a bit of humor throughout. My 9 year old was reading the book last night and I overheard her reading it aloud and then cracking up-all by herself with the book. This book is on several Mock Caldecott sites.
I also think it is a great model for kids--a new way to think about writing a story they know. Since the kids at our school have access to Comic Life, I can see something like this as another possibility for them--putting stories they know into comic form. It does change things, just a bit.
So, I a fun book. One that I am glad I purchased. My 3rd grader loved it and I am pretty sure that it will be quite popular in the library with all grades.