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Wolf Won't Bite by Emily Gravett

No Matter What, “Wolf Won’t Bite!”

Wolf Won’t Bite! written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

In a seeming role reversal from the original fairy tale, three little pigs capture a big, toothy wolf and put him on display in their very own circus where, no matter what they do, “wolf won’t bite!”

Sure of their safety despite their antics, the three little pigs (dressed in a strongman leotard, ringmaster suit, and frilly tutu) continue to up the ante in their circus acts, rejoicing in the knowledge that they are safe no matter what. Kids will delight in going from one page to the next as the pigs lift Wolf in the air, make him jump through hoops, and even shoot him from a cannon. While the pigs twirl in excitement, safe and sound, wolf looks confused at his predicament, and kids will laugh at the ridiculous pictures and, in a twist from the original story, perhaps even feel sorry for the poor wolf as he’s dressed up and put on display. In the end, predictably, wolf is tested to his limit and the three little pigs… Well, let’s just say things don’t go according to plan! (more…)

Storm Runners

Chasing Storms

Storm Runners by Roland Smith (Book 1 Storm Runners)

Chase Masters and his father are known as Storm Runners. They chase after extreme weather and help people prepare. However, while they are chasing storms, they are both running from their past. A tragic car accident took Chase’s mother and younger sister two years before. Some time later, Chase’s father was struck by lightning, and after being in a coma for two days, a new man was born.

Both are heading down to Florida to help prepare people for Hurricane Emily. Chase’s father heads for where he thinks the hurricane will make landfall and leaves Chase with “family friends.” There Chase meets Nicole Rossi, whose family owns and operates a circus. The Rossi family lives in Florida in the off-season with their menagerie of animals.

Momma Rossi, Nicole’s grandmother, predicts that the hurricane will actually make landfall where they live. Chase’s instincts agree, but he does what he was taught by his father: Be prepared, be smart.

On Chase’s first and only day at another school, Hurricane Emily makes landfall, and it’s up to Chase, Nicole, and new acquaintance Rashawn to survive the onslaught with danger all around in one of the deadliest hurricanes on record. (more…)

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