by Lindsay Hirst. Shortlistee of the Best Picture Book Text competition 2022

Spread 1

[Mr Wolf is in his house, which is very neat and tidy. He’s wearing an apron and holding freshly burned cakes. There’s a pile of letters on the doormat, one of which has the Royal Seal.]

Mr Wolf was grumpy.

He HATED being tame.

Being good was really dull,

he missed his ‘Big Bad’ name.

But ever since that naughty day

he’d guzzled Granny Hood,

the woodcutter had made him choose:

‘Wolf pie? Or being good?’

‘If only I could chase some pigs

or gobble up a child.

I miss my young and happy days

when I was mean and wild.’