Picture Book Review – Wolf’s Magnificent Master Plan – Melanie Williamson (Author & Illustrator)
Recommended for: Toddlers/Younger Readers
It’s great when a new book comes into the library that has an eye catching cover and is just as good fun to read.
In Wolf’s Magnificent Master Plan, Wolf is suffering from terrible toothache, having only the one rotten tooth left, and wanting to eat something other than soup for a change. New teeth are expensive however, and so he comes up with a plan to make money: he hypnotises all the local lambs to knit sweaters for him, which he can sell for profit. Will this dastardly scheme succeed, or will the lambs break Wolf’s hypnotic spell and teach him a lesson?
Usually, I like to start a review by talking about how much I liked the story, but for once it’s really the illustrations that impressed me so much here. There’s a lovely quirkiness to them, in some ways reminiscent of Picasso’s style, that really shines from the page, and the front cover immediately caught my eye. The scenes of the hypnotised lambs are a particular highlight, their dazed eyes causing me to laugh out loud.
The story itself is a nice take on the traditional tale of the wolf trying to catch a lamb or sheep. It’s modern, utilising a workforce to create jumpers to sell in a shop, and contains an ending that young children will cheer at.
If you’re bored of reading the same old story about a hungry wolf again, make sure you give this a go. It’s well worth it.