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Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn’t Wash

Hart, Caryl (Author)
Lord, Leonie (Illustrator)
Hachette 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9781408309193 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“HAVE A BATH!” Young wolf Wilson won’t listen to his mother, as rhyming language reveals, revelling in the grossness of Wilson’s hygiene: “His fur was full of beasties,/He had fungus on his toes,/He ate his dinner with his paws,/Then wiped them on his clothes.”

Humorous illustrations use bold, pencil-crayon effects to create slovenly Wilson and his human friend Dotty. One spread shows Wilson sleeping in a dark shed, surrounded by insects and spider webs, while a bright dream-bubble shows him howling on a mountaintop—wild and bath-free. When Dotty encounters Wilson, the text morphs into the artwork, with frenetically scribbled lettering: “Eeeeuuw! What a stink!” “EEEEEEEEK!

The civilizing influence of a good friend is charmingly conveyed, as scruffy scenes transform into images of pretty flower beds and Dotty’s tidy home. “She squirted him with pink shampoo and rubbed it on his snout./Then pulled a nit comb through his fur,/And scraped his ear wax out.” Final pictures show the friends at rollicking outdoor play, as Wilson learns he can have it both ways: “Being mucky is all right!/As long as I can have a bath/And wash it off at night!”

  •  Brainstorm words and expressions related to personal hygiene. Write them on a class list.
  •  If you sat beside Whiffy Wilson in class, what advice would you give him?
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    As the book is read aloud, find and sort words and expressions related to filthiness and cleanliness.

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    Discuss how Dotty is being a friend by helping Wilson. Why is it important to be an honest, supportive friend?

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    Discuss how personal hygiene is important for your health. What is essential (washing your hands) and what is extra (adding mousse to your hair)? Create a mini-book about personal hygiene in the same style.

  •  Brainstorm words and expressions related to personal hygiene. Write them on a class list.
  •  

    Look at the book cover. What would you say to a classmate or friend who smells like Whiffy Wilson?

  •  

    As the book is read aloud, find and sort words and expressions related to filthiness and cleanliness.

  •  

    Discuss how personal hygiene is important for your health. What is essential (washing your hands) and what is extra (adding mousse to your hair)?

  •  

    Discuss how Dotty is being a friend by helping Wilson. Create a mini-book about personal hygiene in the same style.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health