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. Volume IX Number 14. . . . March 14, 2003
At just that moment Mr. Polar's radio emitted a couple of loud sweezzoos.
"What was that?" Boris was startled.
"It's the wolf. Do you understand what it's saying?"
"Hold on. I'm coming over. Don't let it in."
"Well don't bring Charlotte. Wolves love to eat iguanas. Oh, you should see its teeth! They are like knives!"
That was all it took. Boris actually believed a stray wolf was prowling around the Polar's house.
The plot is self-evident from the title, Marilou Cries Wolf. Marilou is bored, and so she fabricates a wolf and later an explosion to bring her friends running to her house. Her act results in the fire department showing up and spraying her father with fire retardant foam. Marilou's friends and her father join together to concoct a lesson from which she learns the consequences of "crying wolf."
Microsoft Word's 'Readability Test' gives the above excerpt a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score of 2.2. The dialogue is snappy and fun. The story is easy to read, and the high jinks are almost believable.
Ruth Scales McMahon, of Lethbridge, AB, is a professional children's librarian, the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two young children.
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