Betsy Who Cried Wolf
Any wolf who tries to eat Betsy's sheep had better watch out. But Zimmo is no ordinary wolf--he's a hungry wolf, with a Plan!
In her first picture book, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine puts her own spin on a traditional tale, while Scott Nash brings a comic sensibility to this hilarious story.
Betsy Who Cried Wolf , by Newbery Honor-author Gail Carson Levine, retells the tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf but with a determined young lady as its heroine and a crafty wolf as the villain. Known for her clever twists and her retellings of classic tales, Levine adds levity to this serious story. Children will cheer for Betsys bravery and sharp thinking.
Scott Nashs playful illustrations evoke a folktale feel without taking itself too seriously. Bright, inviting colors catch the eye and the talking sheep who dialogue in text balloons add a touch of whimsy.
She keeps a careful eye on them as they try to climb trees, fall in rivers, and make constant funny comments (perhaps my favorite part of the book are the little sheep thought bubbles).
But Zimmo the wolf is hungry and lonely and he has a plan. He gets Betsy to cry wolf twice and then hides so that the farmers send her back to Shepherd's School. After they let her back, Zimmo shows himself again and this time charges the sheep.
Betsy saves the day by giving Zimmo her lunch (rhubarb pie, which smells much better than the sheep) and soon Zimmo is helping her watch the flock. As one of the sheep say, there's a moral in here somewhere.
The illustrations are very cute and the text flows well. Great bedtime read for kids.