A young boy lost in the woods fears running into the ferocious wild beasts his mother warned him about. He, in turn, warns a bear, elephant, lion, crocodile, wolf, and python about the ferocious wild beasts. They unite in avoidance of the beasts. The boy's mother soon finds and scolds him for being in the dangerous forest. He tells her that he didn't see any ferocious wild beasts.
What I thought: What a fun book! Wormell is playing on a child's understanding of an adult concept. The irony will be a hit with older kids. The story is slightly repetitious which makes it good for story time. The illustrations are great--soft colored and realistic.
Story Time Themes: Animals, Baby Sit & Sign Animals
(New York: Knopf, 2009)