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The Big Bad Wolf in My House

by Valérie Fontaine, illustrated by Nathalie Dion, translated by Shelley Tanaka

tagged: physical & emotional abuse, emotions & feelings, sexual abuse, violence
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ISBN:9781773065014
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.2
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

About the Authors

Valérie Fontaine

VALÉRIE FONTAINE has published more than thirty-five books for young people. She frequently visits schools to share her inspiring work with children and teachers, and she reads stories to hundreds of children live on Facebook every week. Valérie loves writing books as much as she loves reading and talking about them. She lives in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

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Nathalie Dion

VALÉRIE FONTAINE has published more than thirty-five books for young people. She frequently visits schools to share her inspiring work with children and teachers, and she reads stories to hundreds of children live on Facebook every week. Valérie loves writing books as much as she loves reading and talking about them. She lives in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

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Shelley Tanaka

SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor who has written and translated more than thirty books for children and young adults. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Shelley lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Commended, CCBC Choices
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention
Editorial Reviews

Valérie Fontaine and Nathalie Dion have taken us through the darkness from a child's perspective and shown us an outcome that offers the promise of respite.

— CanLit for Little Canadians

This isn’t any easy book but it’s an important one.

— Globe and Mail

Structuring the story around a simple, familiar fairy tale serves as an effective, age-appropriate introduction to this tough topic for very young children.

— Quill & Quire

A compelling story.

— Canadian Children's Book News

[T]his is powerful stuff.

— Wall Street Journal

Masterfully done.

— Kirkus Starred Review

A skillfully crafted, emotionally honest treatment of a very challenging subject.

— Horn Book

This brave book is not merely bibliotherapy. It’s a form of deliverance for those who are young, silenced, or inarticulate … The art resonates, casting simple shapes to allow the text to bear the weight of what is said, and what is not. STARRED REVIEW

— School Library Journal

[T]his brave new work showcases some of Canada’s most experienced and talented children’s literature creators … likely to resonate with readers on a symbolic level, just like the best fairy tales do.

— CM Review of Materials

The first-person telling’s candid descriptions of powerlessness, its emotional ramifications, and the prospect of escape all give language to an experience of abuse and let readers in similar circumstances know that they are not alone.

— Publishers Weekly

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