THE GIRL THAT CRIED WOLF by Steve Smallman, Neil Price (Illustrator) ~ Lucy’s Library Review

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Illustrated by Neil Price

5 Stars


In The Girl Who Cried Wolf, we meet the demanding and cheeky Princess Arabella, who declares she is bored of living in the castle. She decides to swap roles with Tom, the lowly shepherd boy, as she thinks his job seems much more fun…


Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2009) and The Lamb Who Came for Dinner (Shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award and read by Meatloaf on CITV’s Bookaboo). When he’s not working, Steve enjoys films, television, gardening and walking in the countryside.


Princess Arabella is bored with her life in the castle, and out her window sees Tom, the shepherd boy, and his life seems to be fun. Until they actually swap lives.

Princess Arabella soon realizes that being a Shepherd isn’t too exciting either. So she cries WOLF! and the soldiers come running to protect the sheep, it was just a fib but it was fun. Until the wolf does appear and the soldiers don’t come to help.

Fibbing with little ones do occur, unfortunately. The message in this book, plus the beautiful illustrations, will teach young children how lies have consequences.

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