Little Wolf's Book of Badness

From the Series Little Wolf Adventures

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Little Wolf has been brushing his teeth without being growled at, he’s been going to bed early, and he’s been far too nice to his baby brother, Smellybreff. His parents, concerned they will never make a beast of him, send Little Wolf off to Cunning College, where his Uncle Bigbad instructs timid cubs in the rules of badness. Will Little Wolf earn his BAD badge? Or will his uncle Bigbad HUFF and PUFF and turn Little Wolf into a sausage sandwich?

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 136
Publication Date 2001-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.1
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV002250, JUV044000, JUV019000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5 x 7.75
Lexile 600
Guided Reading Level S
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 32564
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Teaching Guides

Author: Ian Whybrow

Illustrator: Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He has been named the best-selling illustrator in the UK three years in a row. He lives in Macclesfield, England.

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Little Wolf Adventures

Little Wolf often fails to live up to his family’s standards of badness, but his adventures are certainly full of fun. Told through letter or diary entries with hilarious wordplay and amusing illustrations, these easy chapter books are perfect for beginning readers or as read alouds. View available downloads →


  • Bluestem Award Nominee, Nominated, 2000
  • Book-of-the-Month Children's Club Selection, Winner, 2000


Kirkus Reviews

“. . .fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants will be heartily amused by this broad British farce.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“. . .the fall-down funny story of a cheerful nonconformist finding a way to be himself. Written in a style somewhere between A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and Dav Pilkey’s The Adventures of Captain Underpants the story owes it humor as much to Ross’s line drawings of the irrepressible youngster as to Whybrow’s clever narrative. The book begs to be read aloud. . . Successful as comedy, fractured fairy tale and coming-of-age story all in one, Little Wolf’s Book of Badness is terrific.”
Starred, School Library Journal

The Horn Book Magazine

“This is a delicious, laugh-out-loud revisionist view of the fairy-tale cad as reported by his nephew, Little Wolf, in animated letters home from Cunning College.”
The Horn Book Magazine