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Product details

  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340911573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340911570
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 25.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Child grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She is the middle of three sisters and both her parents are teachers. She has had a variety of jobs from waitressing to designing exotic, elegant lampshades and working as an artist's assistant to Damien Hirst.

Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented children's book author/illustrators working today and has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, Lauren's first fiction title, was a runaway success all over the world. Lauren has now sold over 3 million books in 19 countries across the globe.

Notable events in Lauren's career include selection for Quentin Blake's Magic Pencil Exhibition (British Library) in 2005; the Charlie and Lola TV series winning a BAFTA in 2007; In 2008 Lauren was appointed Artist for Peace by UNESCO and has been spearheading a project to raise money for UNESCO's Programme for the Education of Children in Need, called My Life is a Story. All profits from the sale of a special edition of That Pesky Rat will go to UNESCO. A retrospective of Lauren's work starting at the Manchester Art gallery toured the country from 2008 to 2010.

Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.

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Every night Herb's mother would read him a bedtime story. Sometimes it was about a big wolf who terrified little girls and their grandmothers with his chilling growl and his big yellow teeth. You could tell from the picture that toothpaste had never been on his shopping list.

The story got very nasty in the middle and everybody nearly came to a sticky end ... but ... by the last page ... it had all turned out well and went happy-ever-afterly.

But when the story ends, Herb insists that his mum takes the book away with her just in case the wolf jumps out of the book to get him. His mother thinks he's being a bit silly, but usually does as she is asked until one night she forgets and Herb is proved right: the wolf does jump out to get him and he is left to sort out the problem with just a little help from a few other storybook favourites...

Beware the Storybook Wolves is a superb book with "Award-Winner" written all over it. Lauren Child's quirky illustrations combine with a unique and funny story that leaves the young reader breathless with every turn, using familiar fairy-tale characters to turn childhood fears on their heads.

Read this book and laugh out loud (just wait till you see the solution to Herb's problems!) while warding off your child's fears of things that go bump in the night. (Age 4 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lauren Child is the queen of typographical razzmatazz. (Evening Standard)

As funny as ever, with the usual distinction combination of graphics and collage artwork. (Children's Bookseller)

Boldly conceived . . . brilliantly funny, and discerning. (Carousel Magazine)

This is a quirky and unusual picture book, with the distinctive style we have come to expect from Lauren Child. (School Librarian)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
Our entire family loves to read this book. I would say it is geared towards 4-6 year olds, as it is about overcoming fears. It puts a spin on typical fairytales with lots of laughs and silliness. I am buying copies for all my "kid-friends" for Christmas.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chloe H on 26 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is all about Herb who is scared of his fairytale book being left in his bedrm in case the characters come to life. His mum forgets one night to take it with her & the story is all about what happens as Herb deals with the 2 wolves who want to eat him ("little boys is pudding!!!"). I bought this book for my 5 yr old son but it was so much fun that my 9 yr old was asking if he could listen in too! This book is fantastic fun - lots of scope for silly voices whilst reading (i love doing the wolves & the fairy godmother!). As with all Lauren Child books , this comes highly recommended by my whole family - kids & adults alike!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 2001
Format: Paperback
Hilarious story which is as much fun to read as it is for the kids. Works on ten different levels so if you have kids of different ages this is a great book to keep everyone amused. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
My daughter enjoyed this book but watch out because she now refuses to go upstairs alone because she is scared that the story book wolves are about. She loves other Lauren Child books. Be warned!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
My 6 year old and nine year old daughters both love this book. Unusual well thought out story and great illustrations - funny not scary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katiepotatie on 18 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought as a gift, but had to get on one for my own kids! A great story to keep wee ones interested, my 6yr old and 4 yr old both love it! A good move up from Charlie and Lola
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pauline.m.cunningham@btinternet.com on 14 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for 3-year-olds, who enjoy slightly scarey stories so long as they fall within a recognised pattern and are happily resolved in the end. Alfie enjoys fairy tales at bedtime so long as the book isn't left in his room. However, when he finds himself threatened by the story book wolves, he resourcefully uses other fairy tale characters to repel them them, often with surprising results. The author uses young cjildren/s love of make-believe games, and produces two rather lovable villains, and a satisfactory si#olution to Alfie,s problem.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donakebab on 18 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
Lauren Child is fantastic, we tells such a good story and the illustrations are fabulous. A must for your child, my daughter loves it!
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