Badly Wolf - A Furry Tale

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. 

Lindsay Pope was born in Dunedin. He has been employed as a teacher of mathematics and has lived mostly in the Nelson region 1978. 

In 2009 he completed a masters degree in creative writing at Victoria University. He writes for professional publications, poetry and feature articles. 

His poetry has appeared in many New Zealand and international publications and online literary journals.


Jo Tyson's illustration for the Badly Wolf provide a delightful accompaniment to this furry tale. Jo has taught and exhibited in Nelson for over 25 years. She has also illustrated cards and the occasional book too.  She takes a light approach to life and often employs humour in her artwork.


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  • : 9780473432942
  • : Silver Fern Press
  • : Silver Fern Press
  • : books

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  • : Lindsay Pope (Jo Tyson illus)
  • : Johanna Tyson