Bridget and the gray wolves

Pija Lindenbaum

Book - 2001

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Stockholm ; New York : R. & S. 2001.
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Pija Lindenbaum (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ages 3-7. Lindenbaum, author of Boodil, My Dog (1992), offers another quirky, ironic charmer in this Swedish import that borrows elements from "Little Red Riding Hood." On a day-care field trip, anxious little Bridget, dressed in red-hooded sweatshirt, wanders off and finds herself in a dark forest, filled with "dangerous" trees and, suddenly, a pack of wolves. When the wolves reveal themselves to be peevish and whiney rather than threatening, Bridget is matter-of-fact and playful as she engages her new friends in games, snuggles down to sleep, and finds her way home with the wolves' help. The story meanders a bit, but both text and pictures show the fun of reversing stock fairy-tale trappings: the spooky forest as playground, the menacing wolves as childish pals, and the hero's transformation from timid wanderer to bossy playmate. Best are the wolves' slapstick antics, wonderfully depicted in irresistible watercolor-and-ink spreads. ((Reviewed December 15, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bridget, who doesn't like rough play and won't go near dogs or worms, finds herself separated from her day care group on an autumn walk. In a fairy tale-like turn of events, she becomes surrounded by a pack of yellow-eyed wolves yet doesn't falter for an instant. Addressing them with big-sisterly impatience, she invents games for the wolves to play such as hospital ("In the hospital you have to lie in straight rows, otherwise it looks sloppy") sends them to the bathroom ("The wolves obediently go to their pee trees. And soon it sounds as if it's raining in the forest") and sings to lull them to sleep. In the morning, she finds her day care without trouble; the wolves clamor after her, asking her to come back to play. Lindenbaum (Boodil My Dog) draws a bossy-looking Bridget and a bunch of cowering, abashed-looking wolves in various attitudes of belly-up servility. A scary moment when Bridget first becomes lost and a couple of longwinded passages do not detract from the entertainment. If youngsters can suspend their disbelief at the heroine's abrupt switch in behavior, they may well enjoy this unexpected turn on the theme of summoning one's courage. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2-To Bridget, a small, freckled girl who is afraid of almost everything, taking a risk is unthinkable. While the other children from her day care jump off the playhouse roof, pet a strange dog, and leap over a stream, this worrywart contemplates all of the bad things that could possibly happen in these situations. One day, on an outing, Bridget gets lost in the forest. She meets up with six gray wolves, but instead of being frightened by their snarling and teeth gnashing, she becomes the leader of the pack. She bosses the goofy carnivores around, diverting their attention while she waits to be found. She coaches them at playing "hospital" and climbing trees, though she discovers that they aren't very good at games. After spending the night, the formerly tentative tot finds her way back to her day-care center. The last illustration shows brave Bridget standing on top of the playhouse roof. The watercolor illustrations aptly depict the fanciful action and add greatly to the humorous scenes. An offbeat tale of a scaredy-cat who has the heart of a lion.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Bridget is afraid of anything remotely adventurous, but when she gets separated from her day care group and meets a pack of wolves, her efforts to teach them to play with her dumbfound the ferocious creatures.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Tells the story of Bridget who is a very careful child. When she meets a pack of gray wolves in the woods, she takes charge of them.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A timid girl tames a wolf pack. Bridget is a very careful child. She never climbs on roofs or pets dogs or jumps over ditches. In fact, she's afraid of most things. But when Bridget gets lost and meets up with a pack of gray wolves in the deep, dark woods, she takes charge. First she makes them play even though they prefer to "lurk behind trees and snarl." They aren't much good at games, though. When their stomachs begin to growl, she feeds them her mud soup, and finally she puts them to bed after having sent them off to their peeing trees. Humorous, bold art-- little, freckled Bridget in her red, hooded sweatshirt, huge shaggy, gray wolves, and tall purple pines-- perfectly compliments this very funny tale.