A great re-released picture book to look out for is ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’. Of course it may have been more appropriate to post this BEFORE pancake day but as usual, life got in the way. In my opinion pancakes should be enjoyed frequently and this could be the next best thing to actually consuming all that sugar. In fact, The Bookseller has reported that sales of this book shot up to 500 per week around the time of pancake day, averaging about 8 a week throughout the rest of the year.
Mr Wolf already has two other picture books out titled ‘Mr Wolf and the Three Bears’ and ‘Mr Wolf and the Giant Turnip’- both a worth a read. Written by Jan Fearnley (I always think ‘Fearnley-Whittingstall here of River Cottage fame- food is on the brain) these books have a great homely feel about them as they draw upon existing fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters such as Little Red Riding Hood (yes, her again) and my favourite; the gingerbread man.
The book kept me guessing about the wolf’s behaviour throughout. Traditionally the wolf is seen as big, bad and not to be messed with so it was refreshing to see him struggle with everyday things such as shopping and baking. In all honesty, my heart went out for him and I was rooting for him the whole time.
This is a lovely book to add to the collection if the kids love their classic characters.