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We first read Catherine Storr’s Polly and the Stupid Wolf (USA) shortly before it was republished by Puffin and became a surprise word-of-mouth viral hit.
And we’re still reading it regularly four years later. We LOVE it!
A hilarious collection of short stories in which clever Polly always gets the better of the poor stupid wolf, in 20th century reworkings of classic fairy stories.
Catherine Storr wrote the book for her own daughter who was scared of the wolf under her bed.
And by making poor old woolfie so daft in his endless attempts to catch Polly, she transforms the big bad wolf of nightmares into a very real character who we end up – like Polly – feeling sorry for.
(Unfortunately, crocodiles took over from scary wolves in our house – thanks for that Roald Dahl!)
Storr also tranforms the hapless girls of fairy tales into a smart-cookie heroine who can easily fight her own battles and beat the wolf without any help from woodcutters, princes and the like.
We’ve now got the full set of Polly and the Wolf (USA) adventures and have bought them for countless birthday presents.
AND the school library had to stock up with extras it was so popular!
I really can’t recommend enough.
But don’t just take my word for it. In the words of my expert reviewer …
“I loved, loved, loved, reading Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. I had to read it again and again.”
A – Aged 7 – London
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