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Who’s Afraid of the Big Wolf
by Marianne LaCroix

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 1592798462

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Who’s Afraid of the Big Wolf
Marianne LaCroix
Amber Quill, 2004
ISBN: 1592798462

In Faylin, Roberta Redford caught the notorious womanizer Wolfman Jack Horner eating her forty something grandpa. Jack insists he was tonguing her as part of sex between consenting adults, but the embarrassed grandma and her granddaughter claim he tried to kill her. Jack’s former lover Jill, who has an ax to grind with him, defends him. The trial goes badly as the females claim there were screams of terror while Jack insists they were screams of passion. Before he can be sentenced, the three piggy Bacon Brothers give Jack magic beans that enable him to break out of jail. Jack climbs the beanstalk through the clouds until he reaches the kingdom of giant King Titus.

Jack meets the shapeshifting Margaret, who loves Titus. However, Titus desires Sugar Plum Fairy, Princess Shaylee, who he holds prisoner. Riding Meg who is in her Pegasus form, Jack meets Titus and falls in love with Shaylee at first sight. He decides to help Peg win her highness so that he can make it with Shaylee. However, love is fickle whether it is on earth, in Fairyland, or in the clouds.

WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD WOLF is a magnificent, jocular and satirical adult fairy tale that hooks the audience the moment that Jack ironically finds himself in female trouble until the final confrontation between the four wannabe lovers. The stupendous story line goofs at adult fairy tales, but does so in an affectionate tongue out of cheek manner. A fabulous second shorter tale “The Snowmaiden” is a fine romantic tale starring two lovers plus Father Frost and the Russian tundra. Marianne LaCroix entertains the troops with this one-sitting two-tale book.

Harriet Klausner

 

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