In the 21st century, literacy is defined not just as decoding and understanding printed text. Multi-modal literacy is essential to functioning, and thriving, in the world. To help the littlest arrivals on the literacy scene learn how to look, listen, express, and understand words, images, sounds, concepts, and meanings, there are burgeoning supplies of great books, audiobooks, apps, and other media.
And sometimes, a print book–in this case a board book, at that–can fulfill a variety of these expressive and interpretative functions.
Cedric Ramadier and Vincent Bourgeon created Help! The Wolf Is Coming! to tell an engaging and entertaining story that needs the reader to touch and turn the book. And there will be no problem with either the simple storyline or the need to interact with it, whether the reader is 20 months old or 250 months old.
From the front cover to the back, the not-very-threatening approach of this wolf can be impeded by following the simple directions the text offers…oops, until a plot trick that suits the target age group right where their funny bone is developing.
Help! The Wolf Is Coming!, from Gecko Press, 2015
Update 25 October 2015: We have a wonderful video now from a pair of Tennessee kids who know how to make a book trailer! Enjoy!