the tales of polly and the wolf will always have an endearing place in my memory as a child, thumbing through the well-worn copy in my local library. the pre-war quaintness of the book is balanced by its un-homogenised irreverence.
polly is on the outside a typical little girl, all blonde pigtails and gingham dresses. the wolf is said eater of little girls,but unfortunatley he has rather more than he bargained for, polly being very clever and thoroughly precocious. it is safe to say without giving anything away, therein lies the basic plot of the tales.
wolf tries to eat polly, polly manages to outwit him (that not being very hard),in many ways, all told with a deprecating wit.
the character of the wolf is indeed really rather silly but still indeed endearing in his stupidity, part of you wishes that he would succeed, though you know he never will.
age has not dated the tales as such, but lent them a tone harking back to when childrens books were genuinely quite funny in a gentle way and are in comparison to most childrens books quite refreshing, the audio version is told in keeping with that, so its rather impossible not to recommend.