This is a perfect Gecko Press board book because it is built to engage both child and reader.

Julia Marshall, Publisher

The Wolf and The Fly

$16.99

The Wolf and The Fly is a delightful guessing, memory, observation and naming game in which one toy after another disappears—temporarily—into the mouth of the hungry little wolf.

Written and illustrated by  Antje Damm,  recipient of the New York Times Best  Illustrated Children’s Book

Translated by Catherine Chidgey.

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  • Description

    Gulp, gulp, gulp: one toy after another disappears into the mouth of the hungry wolf. Now he’s almost full, just a last little fly for dessert—uh-oh!
    The Wolf and the Fly combines story and guessing game. Together you can guess which object on the shelf will be eaten next, then, when everything re-emerges, the game starts anew.
    This is an original and delightful guessing, memory, observation and naming game from award-winning author and illustrator Antje Damm.


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Germany
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. Books for MKs

      5 out of 5 stars. This board book is adorable!…This is such a fun way to get children thinking critically and noticing the details…I loved the cartoony illustrations and the funny wolf character. He’s such a cute little guy!

    2. NZ Poetry Box, Paula Green

      A nifty board book that is both a story and a memory game…A very cool book.

    3. Outside in World

      Damm has created a clever interactive puzzle book that combines a story and guessing, memory, observation, and naming game in which one toy after another disappears. An ideal book for parents to share and enjoy with toddlers as they guess which objects on the shelf will be eaten next.

    4. Irish Independent

      There’s a great (and rather disgusting) surprise at the end which is bound to raise laughter. A modern version of the Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, this is a great board book for sharing with children who love a good laugh.

    5. Armadillo Magazine

      Simply delightful and delightfully simple. A story book and a guessing game that both the child and their reader can engage with – changing the story if they wish – every time they share it. Children will love the refrain and repeated text as well as learning about all the different objects that Wolf may or may not eat! Use this book for memory games, for identifying objects and for lots of laughter too…

    6. Red Reading Hub

      Antje’s illustrations are superbly expressive and the entire experience of sharing this story with a little one is absolutely yummy.

    7. Midwest Book Review

      A delightful board book that combines a story with a guessing game. Together children ages 2-4 can guess which object on the shelf will be eaten next, then, when everything re-emerges, the game starts anew. This is an original and delightful guessing, memory, observation and naming game by author and illustrator Antje Damm is an especially recommended and fun addition to family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections for young children.

    8. Catherine Coyne, Youth Services Book Review

      The illustrations are bright and full of expression. This German import is sure to challenge the reader’s memory.

    9. The Sapling

      This book ticks all the boxes for me: age appropriate, funny and expressive, hidden clues, interactivity, suspense, a greedy protagonist, a tiny bit gross and the design feels spot on. I loved the colour palette and illustrations, there are small details that provide depth and movement to the story.

    10. Kirkus Reviews

      The artwork is wonderful—the protagonist, a hungry little wolf, has an abundance of personality, and he stands out against the bright, monochromatic backgrounds. Each facing page features three shelves of his “toys,” as they’re described on the back of the book. They include a duck, an apple, a fish, a cactus, a car, a fly, a bird, and a cat. The wolf, “feeling a bit peckish today,” eats one unspecified item at a time. With each turn of the page, young readers are challenged to identify which item is missing, and they will likely squeal with delight as they do.

    11. Stella, Volume Books

      The wolf is hungry. On each page, he chooses something to eat. Here is the wolf on one side of the page eyeing up the shelf on the facing page. There’s a duck, an apple, a fish, a cactus, a car, a fly, a bird and a cat. What will he choose? Turn the page and there is a gap for what has been devoured. Can you see which creature has been a snack? The wolf is licking his lips and he’s still hungry. He chooses again. Turn the page. Maybe the sleepy cat should have been paying more attention! The story carries on until the food shelves are depleted. Guess what is left at the end. The wolf has a rather odd expression on his face. This is a highly enjoyable and very playful book that will keep a child guessing and looking, with plenty of observations to be made and enough language for a tot who is keen on something a little bit humorous.


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