Big and Bad by Etienne Delessert

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A wolf, Big and Bad, is on the loose, bounding across the hills and gobbling up every creature in his path. As he grows taller than the midnight moon, the other animals begin to worry that soon the planet will be too small for his increasing appetite. Beavers try to drown him in their pond, crows pelt him with walnuts, and moles dig an underground pit—to no avail. Alone, they are helpless against the mighty wolf, until a pair of wily cats comes up with a plan . . . Etienne Delessert reimagines the classic tale of “The Three Pigs” by turning the tables on the marauding wolf as the animals join together to set a trap to stop his ravenous rampage. Beautifully illustrated, this allegorical retelling offers an alternative perspective on the original story, extending its significance and raising questions about unchecked aggression and the power of cooperation.

About Etienne Delessert

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Etienne Delessert was born in 1941 in Switzerland. For more than thirty years the self-taught artist has been translating his and the world's ideas, passions, fantasies, and nightmares into the visual language of books, magazine illustrations, posters, animated films, paintings, and sculptures. His imaginary creatures and landscapes juxtapose chaos and order, the familiar and the fantastic, the serious and the joyous, to clarify this world and create new and surprising universes. Delessert has illustrated more than eighty books, including collaborations with avant-garde playwright Eugene Ionesco and renowned psychologist Jean Piaget. His internationally acclaimed books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and have garnered numerous awards and distinctions, including ten gold medals from the American Society of Illustrators. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, designer Rita Marshall, and their son Adrien.
Published March 31, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Delessert’s distinctive art adds a stylish note to this re-envisioned version of “Three Little Pigs.” Afflicted by a huge and arrogant wolf, “taller than the midnight moon” and with “gruesomely shiny teeth,” a group of birds, cats, beavers and other animals join the trio of pigs in an elaborate p...

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The tail’s owner, the wolf Big and Bad, is so unslakeable in his greed that a fox warns, “Soon the planet will be too small for his appetite.” Clever cats choreograph a plot to bring him down, using the unwitting pigs as bait and enlisting the construction skills of beavers, birds and badgers.

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