The Big Bad Wolf in My House

by Valérie Fontaine

Other authorsShelley Tanaka (Translator), Nathalie Dion (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2021

Status

Request

Call number

303

Description

A young girl describes what it’s like when her mom’s new friend comes to stay — a moving story about domestic violence that ends on a hopeful note.

The young girl tells us that her mom’s new friend is just like the big bad wolf. At first the wolf is sweet and kind to her mom, though the girl notices the wolf’s cold eyes from the very beginning. When her mom arrives home late one day, the wolf suddenly hurls angry words and terrible names at her. From that day on her mother doesn’t smile anymore. The girl is careful to clean her room and brush her teeth and do everything to keep the peace, but the wolf is unpredictable, throwing plates on the floor, yelling at her mother and holding the girl’s arm so tightly she is left with bruises. Whenever the yelling begins, she hides under the covers in her room.

How will she and her mom cope as the wolf becomes increasingly fierce?

Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion have created a powerful, moving story about violence in the home that ends on a note of hope.

Collection

Publication

Groundwood Books (2021), 32 pages

User reviews

LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Mother's new friend is a big, bad wolf who speaks sweet words but has cold eyes. He yells, breaks things and leaves marks on the little girl's arms. The girl's bedroom door cannot keep the wolf out. Finally, Mother and the little girl leave, to stay in a safe house with other mothers and children, but no wolves. The topic is handled with child-appropriate sensitivity. With skilled adult guidance and discussion, I can see this as a suitable title for bibliotherapy with kids about domestic violence.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

ISBN

1773065017 / 9781773065014
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