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The big bad rumor
Meres, Jonathan.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
As the goggle-eyed goose's news about a wolf spreads from animal to animal, the facts become monstrously distorted.
Reading Level:
AD 160 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 44048.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 28653 Guided reading level: K.
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As the goggle-eyed goose's news about a wolf spreads from animal to animal, the facts become monstrously distorted.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's a goose, and not a boy, that cries wolf this time, but after a riotous mangling of information that brings to mind the old game of Telephone, she turns out to be absolutely right. Meres's (Somewhere Out There) story opens with the "goggle-eyed" goose flapping her wings furiously and announcing, "There's a big bad wolf coming and he's hopping mad!" As the message is passed from animal to animal (and, in one instance, to an insect), the words get twisted. At one point, a panicked fox believes Goose has said, "He wrestled a moose and then swallowed him whole," a scenario depicted by East (The Very Little Leprechaun Tale) with comic gusto. Finally, "a small, sad wolf" appears at the animals' hiding place, much to the relief of all sequestered. But there's a kicker: right behind him is big, salivating Dad. That ending may unsettle younger readersÄis the wolf going to triumph and eat the animals after all? But East's goofy cartooning keeps the mood light, and the fleeing goose's satisfaction in being able to say, "Told you so!" makes for an appealing, offbeat punch line. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Part "Chicken Little," part game of gossip, and all silliness, this story is an entertaining read-aloud. A "goggle-eyed goose" scurries about warning of a big bad wolf coming. Each creature that hears the warning warps the message so the wolf is envisioned "scaring a pig," "mean and scary," "incredibly hairy," etc. An owl tries to straighten things out with no success. Finally, a small wolf arrives at the door and everyone relaxes, only to learn he brought his dad-you guessed it-big and bad. Even very young listeners who may not follow all the wordplay will enjoy the simple, expressive cartoon illustrations, particularly those of the different visions of the wolf in a pink wig or riding a motorcycle. British roots show only a wee bit with the references to a polecat and a hedgehog. This title will never become a classic, but it is lots of fun.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.