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Literature / Lucy and the Big Bad Wolf

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Lucy and the Big Bad Wolf is a children's book by Ann Jungman.

Lucy is walking through a patch of remnant forest in her red anorak when she's accosted by a talking wolf, who announces that he's going to eat her grandmother and then her. Lucy is unable to persuade him that he's made a mistake, especially after she admits that she is in fact on her way to visit her grandmother.

The wolf insists on following her to her grandmother's house — an enterprise which, to his mounting bemusement and horror, involves a train journey, a trip through modern London, and an introduction to the concept of apartment buildings — and Hilarity Ensues.


There are two sequels, Lucy and the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing and Lucy Keeps the Wolf from the Door.

These books provide examples of:

  • Line-of-Sight Name: On the train to London, Lucy tells the wolf that if he's going to insist on sticking around, she'll need a name to call him. He says he'll take the name of the train they're on, expecting something dashing like "Golden Arrow" or "Flying Scotsman", and is thereafter known as "2:15".
  • Love at First Sight: 2:15 and the female wolf he meets while accompanying Lucy on a visit to the zoo.
  • Partially Civilized Animal: The wolf has a human-level intelligence and can speak (and read, which is the source of some of his misconceptions about humans), but is otherwise basically a wolf.
  • Red Riding Hood Replica: The book begins with Lucy on her way to visit her grandparents, wearing a red anorak, when she's accosted by a Wrong Genre Savvy wolf who assumes that he's the Big Bad Wolf in a Red Riding Hood story.
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  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The wolf, who starts out convinced he's in a fairy tale.