Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Aaron Blabey
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Mr. Wolf feels he has been given a bad rap. But he's not the big bad guy everyone makes him out to be. In fact, Mr. Wolf feels that many of his friends have been mislabeled, so he has invited a few of them over to prove they are actually good guys. Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha were not expecting to join the good guy’s club when they came over to Mr. Wolf’s house. They are dubious of Mr. Wolf’s plan to do some good deeds, but go along with the plan anyway. After a few haphazard good deeds, they are all convinced that being good guys just might be the right path and start the first day of their new lives as good guys.
The format of the book is somewhere between a picture book and a graphic novel. Some pages have a few panels while others have just one illustration and integrated text. The format makes it more accessible to a young reader, but the story line is humorous enough to appeal to older readers as well. The book has expressive text and a quick-paced feel to the story. The idea that the traditional bad guys are misunderstood is a fun change of pace and the author brings a lot of humor into the story through the mishaps of the characters on their journey. The simple black and white illustrations are very expressive of the characters and their feelings. The Bad Guys is a great read for elementary readers, especially those who may need a quick engaging read to catch their interest.