Author(s): Lindsay Pope (Jo Tyson illus)
Badly Wolf, A furry tale is a parody nursery rhyme for adults. Cleverly written by local poet Lindsay Pope and lovingly illustrated by Johanna Tyson, this is a delightful small book, perfect for reading aloud or chuckling away with to yourself. Our central character is indeed the Wolf - the fiend of fairy tales and dark stories. Described variously as toothless, howling, winsome, cross-dressed, charming, hungry and prowling, the old wolf is both friend and foe - sometimes lacking yet often sly, but not always what you would expect. The action mostly takes place in badly wolf’s lair, and a multitude of familiar people visit, beginning with the lovely Little Red Riding Hood, complete with a soft red beret, and followed by her father, not so friendly, armed with an axe. While Wolf has a lie-down to recover, others come a-knocking: Goldilocks with her three bears, Cinderella, and even one of the three little pigs enter stage left in an unexpected manner. Expect the unexpected and, in the words of the poet: Beware!
A furry, quirky tale told in verse by Nelson poet Lindsay Pope with illustrations by Johanna Tyson.
Headwinds, Lindsay's first collection of poetry was was published in 2014 by Makaro Press.
A reader was moved to comment that his poems are "full of warmth and wryness and harsh morning light", and declared Lindsay to be "the scratchy cardigan of New Zealand poetry.’"
Now, emerging from the Op Shop, the "scratchy cardigan" presents Badly Wolf, a wry story in verse.