Polly and the Wolf Again Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Catherine Storr (1913-2001) was an English children's writer, best known for her novel Marianne Dreams and for the Clever Polly series. She was born in London, and attended St Paul's Girls' School, and went on to study English literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She tried unsuccessfully to become a novelist but without giving up this ambition she studied medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1944. She worked at the Middlesex Hospital. Afterwards, while regularly producing new children's books, she also worked as an editorial assistant for Penguin Books, from 1966 to the early seventies.
She married in 1942 and had had three daughters. She divorced in 1970 and remarried the economist Lord Balogh (1905-1985).
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The wolf wants to eat Polly. Polly is polite and considerate and caring - she even buys the wolf an ice cream - but she is nobody's fool. Anything the wolf tries, Polly has the perfect comeback. The wolf keeps inventing new and crazy schemes, such as disguising himself as Father Christmas in a department store, but Polly foils him every time. However, it's not always easy. There are a few times when Polly actually does feel a bit genuinely worried that she will not be successful, and will get eaten. And an imperious little three-year-old sister, Lucy, is now introduced into their world, with the final story ("The Kidnapping") being the best in the whole book: the wolf kidnaps Lucy to eat her instead - only to be begging Polly to come and retrieve her a few hours later.
The stories are mostly written as a series of dialogue exchanges between the wolf and Polly, with a quick and rapid rhythm. I sense the author was a highly intelligent woman, and she was using the wolf to express her general frustration with very ignorant and arrogant people. Polly is thankful that the wolf is so ignorant and arrogant, because that is what she turns against him - but such characters can do a lot of damage in the real world. Beware of wolves.......
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The Clever Polly books are wonderful. They are also very funny so are lovely to read aloud as both reader and child enjoy them. Read morePublished on 2 April 2014 by TW