Miss Understood (PB)


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I’m the wolf, Miss Understood.
You think I’m bad, but I am good.
Those Little Pigs told you a porker —
made it sound like I’m a stalker!

Is the wolf really as BIG and BAD as she seems? Or is she just . . . misunderstood? An irresistible story about being accepted for who you really are.

Illustrations: Beau Wylie
Cover Design: Hannah Janzen
Publisher: Scholastic Press, Australia (Rebecca Young)

RRP $17.99

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🐺 Rory Mather; In a sea of brilliant books this one stands out. It ties together so many tales and it does it in clever witty rhyme that is paired with great illustrations.

🐺 Hear the Reading with a Chance of Tacos podcast; What’s the Story Rory segment – where Rory says some wonderful things about Miss Understood, like; ‘I judged the book by its cover and I automatically knew I was going to love it – and the cover really lived up to the story… Really clever rhyme. Beautiful illustrations. Absolute joy to read… A brilliant book.’ The discussion includes an explanation of the fractured fairytale genre – and I just love the passion and enthusiasm in Rory’s voice. (About 25:50 mins into the podcast.)

🐺 Escape Hatch Books: We love it – especially all the piggy puns thrown around! ⁠

🐺 Megan Daley: I really, really enjoyed ‘Miss Understood’. It’s a fractured fairytale. It’s poetry. It’s full of puns. It’s got this wonderful beat and rhythm to it. It’s fantastic. A really, really clever little book.

🐺 AussieBookNook: @kat.apel strikes again with her skilled balance of fine words, fun puns and clever stories. ‘Miss Understood’ is a PB for the whole family, even the big kids.

🐺 Picture Books I Wish I’d Written: ‘Miss Understood’ is a masterclass in rhythm and rhyme. It romps along, full of puns and funny illustrations… The illustrations have a textural, almost nostalgic quality that is complemented by the matt paper stock… an outstanding reader experience.

🐺 Tania Ingram: I love it! Another brilliant book.

🐺 Reading Opens Doors: Clever rhyme, wonderful sense of rhythm, puns and idioms add to the humour in this very clever story. Glorious detail in the illustrations  offer something new to discover each time this book is revisited. The endpapers are not to be missed as this is where Miss Understood’s story truly begins and ends. A brilliant rendition to showcase how we see situations through the lens of our own experiences and the importance of considering situations from another’s point of view.

🐺 Kylie Covark: Maintaining perfect rhyme and illustrated with vivacious humour and heart. A wonderful family read aloud. (5yo: But why don’t they just get the three little pigs to read the book?)

🐺 One More Page: Fun rhyme and dynamic illustrations. It’s packed with humour and lots of fun wordplay which had me laughing out loud. A fantastic book for schools.

🐺 Ashleigh Meikle: Many have tried to give all sides of the story, but nobody has ever attempted to tell the story in this way! Very cleverly done. I don’t think there was really a villain – just a myriad of misunderstandings that led to an unfortunate situation and a good story to begin discussions about what happens when people make mistakes or cause confusion. A fun fractured fairy tale!


🐺 Yr 1 – Responding to literature: Discuss characters and events in a range of literary texts and share personal responses to these texts, making connections with students’ own experiences (ACELT1582 – Scootle )

🐺 Yr 1 – Examining literature: Discuss features of plot, character and setting in different types of literature and explore some features of characters in different texts (ACELT1584 – Scootle )

🐺 Yr 2 – Responding to literature: Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between texts (ACELT1589 – Scootle )

🐺 Yr 2 – Texts in context: Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different ways (ACELT1591 – Scootle )

🐺 Yr 2 – Creating Literature: (Mentor Text) Innovate on familiar texts by experimenting with character, setting or plot (ACELT1833 – Scootle )

🐺 Yr 3 – Texts in context: Identify the point of view in a text and suggest alternative points of view (ACELY1675 – Scootle)

🐺 Yr 4 – Examining literature: Understand, interpret and experiment with a range of devices and deliberate word play in poetry and other literary texts, for example nonsense words, spoonerisms, neologisms and puns (ACELT1606 – Scootle)

🐺 Yr 5 – Examining literature: Recognise that ideas in literary texts can be conveyed from different viewpoints, which can lead to different kinds of interpretations and responses (ACELT1610 – Scootle)

🐺 Yr 5 – Texts in context: Show how ideas and points of view in texts are conveyed through the use of vocabulary, including idiomatic expressions, objective and subjective language, and that these can change according to context (ACELY1698 – Scootle)

🐺 Yr 6 – Responding to literature: Analyse and evaluate similarities and differences in texts on similar topics, themes or plots (ACELT1614 – Scootle)