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Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf [Paperback]

Catherine Storr
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1 Sep 2007
It's not every little girl who finds a great black wolf at her front door, saying he's going to eat her up. But clever Polly isn't frightened. She has a plan that's bound to foil the stupid wolf.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Jane Nissen Books (1 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903252288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903252284
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Polly's self esteem and confidence was such an inspiration to me when I read this book as a child. I've talked about my memories of this book so much to my daughter, that she just can't wait to read it! Very funny and very brave - a great story.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Polly 17 Dec 2009
I chose this book when I saw that the original cover illustration was back. Unlike so many dreary (for a Mum) bedtime reads, this is one of the rare treats that makes the parent smile and giggle with the children no matter how often it is re-read. Hooray for Polly and the Wolf.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read aloud time 22 May 2009
This is the "please-Mummy-please" bedtime treat of choice in our house. Even though the children can (and do) read this enchanting, funny book for themselves, and we all have our favourite illustrations, it is still the book that everyone likes being read aloud. Only AA Milne and Beatrix Potter rival this amusing and enjoyable collection of short stories for bearing endless repetition. No childhood should be allowed to be without this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 20 Mar 2008
I read this when I was little and I loved it - I loved the surreal nature of the wolf appearing in the suburban location and the way that the fairy stories I knew appeared in a world I recognised. My copy, purchased from a second hand bookshop, is now being read to my kids, who also enjoy it - even without many pictures!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 5 Oct 2011
Witty, bite sized stories about the sparky Polly and the irrepressible wolf. A great book of stories to read to younger children and for 7-10 year olds to read for themselves. I remember reading Clever Polly... as a child and took great pleasure from seeing my own children enjoy it just as much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pleasure 16 May 2008
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Clever, witty and hugely entertaining stories about sharp-witted, unflappable polly outwitting the resourceful and determined, but ultimately rather dim, wolf. This book made a huge impression on me as a child, and I have so enjoyed reading it to my two daughters, aged 7 and 5. I have given it as a birthday present to several children and had hugely enthusiastic feedback. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful entertainment for all ages 1 Aug 2011
By Frankie
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf is as entertaining as ever. I first encountered it as a child, then read it to my own children, have introduced various other people to it and have now bought a copy for my six-year old niece who, together with her mum, is also enjoying it. It is well written and great for reading aloud, indeed I read a couple of stories to my 25-year old daughter only the other day and we were both just as amused as we were when she was three or four. The stories seem to be timeless and the book is a well-deserved classic, which you can enjoy at any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out Loud Funny
I just had to buy this (again) for my 19 year old daughter after it came up in conversation recently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H M Mort
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
The title says so much! These are wonderful books, humorous and wise. I really enjoyed reading them to my children who now enjoy reading them to theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tale
This is a book which all my children loved and so did my grandchildren. I cannot count how many copies of it I have given away to favourite people. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Polly And A Really Funny Wolf
My six-year-old daughter is LOVING this collection of short stories from the 1950s. I bought it to read aloud to her, but she has pilfered it to read to herself, copy out extracts... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arachne202
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a hit!
I lost my original copy, so when I went back to supply teaching I bought it again. Although you may need to update some of the 1950's items in the stories, they have never failed... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for 8 year olds
Daughter loved this book - great for 8 year old confident readers, old fashioned story but still funny today. All her friends have borrowed now!
Published 19 months ago by TV
5.0 out of 5 stars How could I have missed this book!
This book was written in the 1950's but it was unknown to me and my own children. I recently came across this and was so pleased I ordered it, as it gave me an introduction to the... Read more
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