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Fear of the Wolf

Earlier this spring French children’s publisher Bayard commissioned me to illustrate a feature for the magazine Les Belle Histoires entitled J’ai peur du loup ! (I Fear the Wolf!). 

This was a short conversational monologue by a small boy at bedtime, who fears wolves in the night. I was asked to illustrate the boys words with a series of very simple vignette images. “J’ai peur du loup, caché dessous….. J’ai peur du loup, trop grand debout….. Il crie beaucoup J’ai peur du loup ! J’ai peur du loup, qui dévore tout” and so on. The illustrations show the child acting out each fearful description of the wolf and his attempts to hide.

All ends well when the boy calls out in a big voice and frightens the imagined lupus away.

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All illustration images © John Shelley, not to be used without permission scribblatosis(at)gmail(dot)com