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Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf (2010)

by Judy Sierra

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B.B. Wolf gets asked by a librarian to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs at a local library for story time. He is worried because he was not the hero in the story. In fact, he was the bad guy in the story. His other villain friends in Villain Villa tell him he should tell it how he wants to so he does exactly that. When the day comes to tell the story he starts by saying that he always gets blamed when bad things happen. Little does he know that in the library listening is a pig who knows that he is not telling the truth. Eventually he apologizes through song and wants to change his middle name from bad to something good so that he will not be a villain anymore. He along with his pals builds the three little pigs a new house. I really enjoyed this book because the wolf and pigs sing and I enjoy singing so related to it well. The illustrations were very colorful and greatly detailed. The message it bring to children of being better is a great one. A classroom extension idea would be for the students to come up with their own story from another classic where the villain apologizes and rights his or her wrongs. Another would be to have them draw their favorite character from the story. ( )
  Amber7 | Sep 3, 2013 |
Nice fractured perspective on this classic fairy tale. Well done. Well told. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
B.B. Wolf learns that honesty is the best policy in this entertaining fractured fairy tale. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Sierra, J., & Seibold, J. (2010). Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf is Judy Sierra’s sequel to Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf. It has the same setting—Villain Villa—and some of the same characters—B.B. Wolf, Miss Wonderly the librarian, and assorted folktale characters. Fans of the first book will enjoy this one, as it puts a modern spin of remorse and atoning for previous bad behavior on the Big, Bad Wolf. Initially, he makes excuses for his villainous behavior—in this case destroying the homes of the three little pigs. Eventually he fesses up, and then repairs the damage done by building them a new mansion. This former bad boy once again grows and improves. Once again, J. Otto Seibold has created a delightfully retro yet very hip look for Sierra’s story—on Adobe Illustrator no less. Would work well with K-3 as a lesson in righting wrongs and apologizing. Some may mourn the loss of a true literary villain for the younger set and think he should remain a bad guy. No awards could be found. ( )
  karenamorg | Oct 17, 2011 |
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Big Bad Wolf’s first visit to his local library (as related in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf) was such a success that he returns to tell his version of “The Three Little Pigs.” His outrageous spin on the tale draws skeptical remarks from his audience: “Isn’t that wolf’s nose getting longer?” asks Pinocchio. “It’s a cooked-up, half-baked tale,” snaps the Gingerbread Boy. And “Tell the truth, B.B. Wolf!” squeal the Three Little Pigs. Caught in his own lie, B.B. explains that he is a reformed villain: “Now I’m begging on my knees, Little Pigs, forgive me, please!” How B.B. turns his bad old deed into a good new one provides a happy ending to this fun-to-read fractured fairytale.

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When Big Bad Wolf, who now lives at the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to tell his story at the library, he faces the truth about what he did to the three little pigs and decides to make amends.

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