In this quirky twist on the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a boy’s outrageous excuses turn out to have an unexpected element of truth.
Tim witnesses some strange happenings around his house, but no one believes his explanations. In fact, no matter what Tim says, his parents just punish him with chores. To save himself, he hatches a clever plan to expose the truth. Will it work, or will Tim have to spend the rest of his life raking the yard?
Bubbling with wit and humor from start to finish, author-illustrator Alex Latimer’s debut picture book with wacky characters like ninjas, pirates, crocodiles, and time-traveling monkeys, will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.
“Latimer has created offbeat digitally colored drawings brimming with quirky, diverse perspectives and hilarious details.” ―School Library Journal
“Older siblings may sneak in while this one is being read aloud.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“With goofy, wide-eyed, stick-legged, plump-middled figures and just the sort of lunacy that could have sprung from an impish young imagination, this picture book makes for a cheerful, lightly subversive kids’ point-of-view rejoinder to the lesson of owning up for your actions.” ―Booklist
“In this refreshing take on ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ a boy’s excuses turn out to have an unexpected element of truth.” ―Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine
“Latimer’s book takes a very simple idea – telling the truth, however outrageous it is – and turns it into an odd and funny essay on the limits of lying and the eventual triumph of truth…” ―The Virginian-Pilot
Best Read Aloud Book Award (Finalist) – ReadBoston, 2012
AR Level: 3.3
Themes: Boy Who Cried Wolf, Fractured Fairy Tales, Honesty
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues