Zoë B. Alley

THERE'S A WOLF AT THE DOOR

by Zoë B. Alley / illustrated by R. W. Alley

a Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook, 2008

FIVE CLASSIC TALES ALL STARRING ONE PUT-UPON WOLF

In an oversized gift-ready package Wolf, a rather fine dresser and intelligent creature, just can’t catch a break. All he wants to do is eat some pig, lamb, a gosling or two, a loud shepherd…or that little girl wearing a red hood, but for some reason none of them will cooperate. Five classic tales morph into one ongoing yarn as Wolf bumbles his way through each of them. Told in graphic novel style in an oversized picture book package, this is the gift for kids of all ages for happily-ever-after holidays.

Take a look inside There’s a Wolf at the Door.

“This is a giggly read-aloud as well as a snortingly funny read-alone. Hand it to the transitional or reluctant reader, and listen for the laughs.” —Booklist, starred review

Readers drawn by the unusually large trim size and Alley’s animated, loosely posed figures will linger over the snappy dialogue (“‘I’ll teach you to be rude to my granny, you fake!’ screamed Rhonda, now clearly upset. ‘And did no one ever tell you not to wear white after Labor Day?’ “) and almost feel sorry for the feckless predator–who is last seen eyeing a sign pointing toward Mr. McGregor’s garden and considering turning vegetarian.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Contemporary sensibilities, such as Rhonda’s fixation on fashion and the counseling style of Barry’s sheep, are priceless additions. The oversize format and the graphic-novel style make this retelling perfect for independent reading as well as for group sharing.” —School Library Journal

  • Best Children’s Book of 2008, Washington Post
  • Best Graphic Novel, School Library Journal Online
  • Shortlisted as a Finalist for the online Cybil Awards
  • Winner of the Rhode Island Mock Caldecott Award
  • Reading Rocket Selection, 2008
  • A 2009 Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2008
  • South Carolina State Library Booklist for Children in Elementary Grades
  • As well as, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Library Media Editor’s Choice, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, SD Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award ML, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List

THERE'S A PRINCESS IN THE PALACE

by Zoë B. Alley / pictures by R. W. Alley

A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook, 2010

FIVE CLASSIC TALES ALL STARRING FIVE GENERATIONS OF PRINCESSES

In this hilarious collection of princess stories with a distinctive spin, there’s Cinderella, who was, though you may not know it, Sleeping Beauty’s mom; Sleeping Beauty, who didn’t fall asleep because of the prick of a needle—it was sheer boredom; Snow White and her diminutive friends—Les, Lou, Sam, Hank, Nat, Myron, and Bethanne; the princess of frog fame; and the princess of pea fame.

Take a look inside There’s a Princess in the Palace.

“Delightfully fractured even after reconstructive surgery, this run-on fairy tale would find itself on the shelf between War on Peas and One Hundred Years of Sillitude

a. if it would fit and

b. if it wasn’t so much fun to read.” —David Macauley

 “This will enter the rotation of bedtime favorites.” —Publishers Weekly, starred

 “Marvelous for anyone with a wry sense of humor, There’s a Princess in the Palace deserves a place in every library.” —School Library Journal, starred

 “Within a graphic-novel format, the tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, the Frog Prince and the Princess and the Pea develop familial and hilarious interconnections while retaining the stories’ traditional structures…Smartly hysterical.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred

 “As in their previous joint outing (There’s a Wolf at the Door), author and illustrator acknowledge this huge undertaking with an oversized book that begs groups of children to gather round, find a number of amusing details in the smartly rendered comic-book panels, and share the puns and jokes.” —The Horn Book

 “The Alleys (There’s a Wolf at the Door, 2008) cleverly intertwine the tales of Cinderella, the princess and the pea, Snow White, the frog prince, and Sleeping Beauty into a fractured and delightfully bewitched royal family record.” —Booklist

  • Children’s Book of the Month Club selection, 2010
  • Junior Library Guild selection, 2010