Big Bad Wolves at School by Stephen Krensky, illustrated by Brad Sneed.
Rufus is a wild wolf who loves to run and howl at the moon. His parents worry that he won’t be able to survive in the real world, so he is sent off to school to learn how to be a “big bad wolf.” But Rufus doesn’t take to school life. He would much rather blow on dandelions than practice blowing down houses. He doesn’t want to learn to speak sheep. And his howling bothers his classmates when they are trying to sleep. Then hunters come to the school looking to kill some wolves. The well-trained wolves head out, but their blowing and disguises don’t work well against the hunters. Rufus’ howling on the other hand, works quite well.
The cover is so classic and will entice children to pick the book up and take it home. The story is funny, the illustrations add to the humor, and the everyone can relate to a story of school life where they just are not in the same mode as everyone else.
Recommended as a read aloud for elementary age classrooms where children will understand the school setting better. The humor and sight gags will also be appreciated more by slightly older children than preschoolers.