Written by Mark Burgess, Illustrated by Russell Ayto
Little gray wolf can’t sleep. His mother has tried everything- a glass of milk, a cuddle, his favorite story- but nothing works. In the morning, the sleep-deprived creature decides he needs a teddy bear to help him slumber and off he goes into the woods to find out where teddy bears come from.
After talking to a wise owl, three pigs and a girl in a scarlet cloak-none of whom have the answer to his question- little gray wolf comes across an old man in need of help. He HUFFS and PUFFS and blows air into the man’s deflated truck tire.
This act of kindness ultimately causes little gray wolf to get the answer to his question.
The story cleverly includes characters traditionally associated with a wolf but adds some humorous twists.
Brightly colored illustrations with exuberant depictions of the wolf and the other characters involved bring the story to life.
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.
Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)