Here's the deal. Take one wolf dressed in a grandmother's clothes (which are actually her own for once!), a forest of furry little critters brimming with curiosity, unable to heed a warning, and a time lapsed sequence of questions that lead to an assumable end...or do they?
In the story, Grandma Wolf answers the mundane question of "what time is it" over and over again with (patience! My goodness those curious "kids"!) various tasks such as time to get up, brushing her teeth, chopping some wood, cleaning the stew pot...can you see where this is heading? Ha! Think again...you may be surprised; I know I was...and pleasantly so. It reminds me of the classic story of The Three Little Pigs with a Red Riding Hood twist. The whole bait and switch method employed easily allows older readers to be entertained while the youngsters are pouring over the anticipation of Grandma's next answer. Let us not forget the illustrations you'll be ogling as well! The technique used is watercolor paintings which in my opinion gives added texture and beauty to each two-page spread encountered. The fawn is a little more adorable and Squirrel's look of surprise is just a little more smile inducing (no really, pick up a copy....you'll see what I mean) and Grandma's teeth all the better to...*ahem* ^_^
Suffice it to say, I enjoyed the story overall and would highly recommend it to fans of the classics and readers young and young at heart. It'd make a great addition to any personal library or classroom...and speaking of classroom, remember I mentioned a game. It's detailed on the inside flap of the back cover and will allow you to continue the story well after the last page. The aim of the actual game is to slowly approach the wolf, in this case Grandma Wolf, in dribs and drabs. Your closeness at any given time is dictated by the answer she gives, be it one o'clock, two o'clock, etc. For each o'clock numeral given, you take a step. Example: Five o'clock = take five steps forward. See? It's all up to "Grandma" when "dinnertime" arrives because she has to be able to catch someone for her dinner. So...who will you be having for dinner? Hmm? What's that? You're inviting me? How thoughtful...but I'm, I'm booked. *-*
Review copy received courtesy of Emily at Peachtree Publishers. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as their full and ever growing catalog of wonders, be sure to stop by their official site, check out their blog, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. This book is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a store shelf near you.
Until next time...happy reading!