Big Bad Wolf Investigates Fairy Tales: Fact-checking your favourite stories with SCIENCE!

Big Bad Wolf Investigates Fairy Tales: Fact-checking your favourite stories with SCIENCE!

By Author / Illustrator

Catherine Cawthorne, Sara Ogilvie


Fairy Tales & Folk Tales

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Bloomsbury Children's Books








Join the Big Bad Wolf as he debunks your favourite fairy tales with SCIENCE! Written by the hilarious Catherine Cawthorne and illustrated by award-winning Sara Ogilvie.

Did a princess really feel a tiny pea through a mountain of mattresses? And could a pumpkin actually turn into a carriage to carry Cinderella to the ball? Of course not! It's all a load of fairytale NONSENSE! Or is it...?

The Big Bad Wolf is on a mission to find the truth behind these tales, and clear his name in the process.  Combining STEM topics with classic stories children know and love, this hilarious non-fiction picture book is perfect for inquisitive children always asking big questions!

       Watch author Catherine Cawthorne introduce Big Bad Wolf Investigates Fairy Tales, and find out more in Catherine's Q&A




Catherine Cawthorne and Sara Ogilvie join forces to create a unique and instantly captivating book in Bad Wolf Investigates Fairy Tales. Once upon a time, there was a big bad wolf, who'd had just about enough of all of this fairy tale nonsense. After all, who would really want to wear a slipper made of glass? And would gingerbread really be the best material to build a house with?

This is a hilarious and extremely clever book, that would capture any young child's imagination with its humour, irony and witty questioning. It builds brilliantly on the Key Stage One curriculum, tapping into knowledge of materials, and plant and animals characteristics. It's an excellent book to use as a 'hook' for a particular science unit of work; the questions being its real strength as it builds on the child's natural sense of enquiry.

The layout is visually captivating, funny and wonderfully enticing and will have anyone keep returning to and flicking through the endless boxes of information. A book to share at home or in the classroom. This is certainly a spectacular book, exciting to read and debate with family and friends.

Picture book / Reviewed by Louise Gahan, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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