by Peter Harris
illustrated byKorky Paul
ISBN (HB)1857070569
Tango Books

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Is Mrs. Wolf having lamb for dinner? Little Lambert has dropped in unexpectedly to her deep, dark den.

Mrs. Wolf has a splendid dinner recipe for her little guest. But why does her chopping, boiling and mashing frighten Lambert so? Could it be the sight of Mrs. Wolf's huge, glistening teeth?

Pop-ups, pull-tabs, and flaps bring action and surprises to this delectably funny tale from the opening scene to the unexpected ending.

Festooned with pop-ups, pull-tabs and various flaps, this energetic picture book would succeed even without the clever paper engineering. A young lamb tumbles, via pull-tab, into the den of the voracious-looking green-eyed Mrs. Wolf, who ignores Lambert's pleas to be taken home. 'It's nearly dinnertime,' she tells him, and proceeds to bathe him (the reader participates by means of a particularly well constructed pop-up with its own pull-tab), prepare her kitchen with frightening utensils, and smack her lips over her cookbook's listings of 'Recipes for Lambs'. She swings a terrified Lambert over the kettle (another pop-up with pull-tab), and the reader helps her aim a masher - only to discover that Mrs. Wolf is mashing up food to serve Lambert. Roddie sets up the surprise for optimum dramatic effect, and the suspense continues even after Lambert has been fed. Paul gives his characters outlandish animated expressions and fills the abundant backdrops with tangy details. A book to savor.

Mrs. Wolf rescues Little Lambert after he falls into her den, but it could be that she only wants to fatten him up for supper. Lots of pull-tabs make this pop-up a winner for those five and six-year-olds who like a little scare with their books.

When little Lambert falls into Mrs. Wolf's clutches, we fear the worst. 'It's nearly dinnertime' she says, and proceeds to wash the lamb up. She takes an enormous ax and cuts herself a chopping board...Everything she does seems aimed at cooking him, even the recipes she reads are 'for lambs.' But who or what's for dinner is the surprise. Watercolor and ink paint scenes of scrumptious detail that must be savored in multiple readings. Large and small settings, sometimes five to a double-page spread, allow for lots of action. And assorted pop-ups, pulls, slides, and even lift-outs contribute to the fun of the conclusion. All grades.