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The Resource Bad boys, by Margie Palatini ; illustrated by Henry Cole

Bad boys, by Margie Palatini ; illustrated by Henry Cole

Label
Bad boys
Title
Bad boys
Statement of responsibility
by Margie Palatini ; illustrated by Henry Cole
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Two hungry wolves in disguise attempt to raid a sheep farm
Member of
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award, Picture Books category, 2005.
  • Show Me Readers Award (Missouri), 2006.
Review
  • K-Gr. 2. On the run from a kid in a red hooded cape and three small pigs, Willy and Wally, a couple of wolf brothers, decide to disguise themselves as sheep and hide out, as it were, in the middle of lunch--a flock of sheep. Dressed in woolly garb (and house dresses and purses, just like Trudie Ewe and Meryl Sheep), they conduct a very silly dialogue with the flock, who see through their flimsy disguise almost immediately. The bad boys get shorn, and in the last spread, children see them in their skivvies trying to knit warmer coats for themselves. The exaggerated matronly airs of the sheep seem a little dated, and some of the jokes may be aimed more toward adults than the kids, but there’s plenty for the target audience, too, especially in the cartoon-style artwork that gathers up every bit of the humor, capitalizing on the wolves in drag. -- GraceAnne DeCandido (BookList, 11-15-2003, p602)
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 3 –Palatini weaves this tale of two bad wolves "on the lam," as Willy and Wally dress up in sheep's clothing. They disguise themselves as Willimina and Wallanda, Little Bo Peep's lost sheep, and cozy up to the flock. But they've got their eyes on a lamb-chop cookbook while befriending the ewes. However, old Betty Mutton and Meryl Sheep are not so easily fooled and lead the two bad boys into a shearing experience and expose them for the scoundrels they are. Puns abound in the sidesplitting narrative, and kids will want to chime in on the "Bad, Bad. Really, really bad" refrain. Cole's vibrant artwork captures the fun and adds to the humor. An outstanding read-aloud and a fine collaboration of text and art, this is a surefire hit for all who enjoy fairy-tale variations, fun puns, and a good laugh.–Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego --Helen Foster James (Reviewed November 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 11, p112)
  • /* Starred Review */ Two raffish wolves named Willy and Wally ("Oh yeah, we're bad. We're bad. We're really, really bad" is their mantra) have just been run out of town by the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. Spotting a herd of ewes—all dressed in matronly ensembles—the pair decides to combine hiding out with chowing down by dressing in drag and joining the flock as Willimina and Wallanda, Bo Peep's long-lost sheep. Palatini's (previously paired with Cole for Moosetache and Mooseltoe ) flair for puns and arch repartee shines through every exchange. The ever-waggish Cole, meanwhile, advances the plot with his own steady stream of visual humor, endowing the wolves in sheep's clothing with hilariously faux-innocent expressions and giving the sheep the body language of garden-party-goers. Of course the wolves' caper doesn't go according to plan. "I knew the Peep Sheep," says a steely, "tough old" Betty Mutton (one of her friends is named Meryl Sheep). "I grazed with the Peep Sheep. I counted with the Peep Sheep. And you two don't leap like the Peep Sheep. There's something very peculiar about you two ewes." The wolves escape, after a (literal) close shave, closing this sublimely silly story on an appropriately gleeful note. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 6, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 40, p83)
  • /* Starred Review */ It's a close shave—literally—for two big bad wolves in Palatini's latest hilariously re-spun folktale that's full of punishly good humor. Having escaped from an angry Red Riding Hood and three thoroughly steamed pigs, Willy and Wally Wolf go "on the lam" by disguising themselves in (what else?) sheep's clothing. They may fool new flock mates Trudie Ewe and Meryl Sheep, but canny Betty Mutton, knowing "baa-aa-ad" when she sees it, tricks the hirsute pair into standing in a certain line . . . and suddenly they're being shorn to within a hair of their bare hides. His idea of sheep's clothing including beads, high heels, and loose, brightly patterned housedresses, Cole depicts two decidedly doggy predators unsuccessfully trying to hide their delight at being among so many lambchops on the hoof, but last seen hurriedly knitting woolens to cover their peach-fuzz pelts. Delighted young readers will hope for more appearances from this inept but "Bad . . . bad . . . really, really bad" duo. (Picture book. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
122436
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Palatini, Margie
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD530L
  • Decoding demand: 72 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 95 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 63 (high)
  • Structure demand: 84 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
2.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cole, Henry
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bad boys
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sheep
  • Wolves
Target audience
primary
Label
Bad boys, by Margie Palatini ; illustrated by Henry Cole
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Publication
Copyright
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Carrier category code
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Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
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Content type code
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Content type MARC source
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Control code
459097
Edition
First edition.
Isbn
9780060001025
Lccn
2002013259
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unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • z
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060001025
  • (Sirsi) ADK-4451
Label
Bad boys, by Margie Palatini ; illustrated by Henry Cole
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
unspecified
Carrier category code
  • zu
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
459097
Edition
First edition.
Isbn
9780060001025
Lccn
2002013259
Media category
unspecified
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • z
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780060001025
  • (Sirsi) ADK-4451

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