This festive occasion is presented in an enjoyable and entertaining way that is perfect for children.
By David Sherrin ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 5, 2023
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On Yom Kippur, the Big Bad Wolf is reflecting on his past. He finds himself in a synagogue, feeling the warmth of a hug and almost singing along with the others. The rabbi’s sermon causes him to ponder if he can become a better version of himself.
Later, he meets some familiar characters from his stories, such as Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, and the Three Little Pigs. Despite his worst instincts, he manages to be kind and helpful to them. This transformation is rewarded by his newfound friends.
This story conveys the importance of the Jewish holiday in a way that children can understand. It shows that it is possible to choose kindness over badness, and that it is rewarding to do so. The fractured-fairy-tale motif will be appealing to young readers, as the Big Bad Wolf is the antagonist of both “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.” The illustrations are humorous and dynamic, with Wolf and the other animal characters being particularly expressive. Little Red and Granny are pale-skinned.
Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2023
Page Count: 32
Publisher: Apples & Honey Press
Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023