I sought this book out because I stumbled on a review that mentioned it points out an aspect of good manners seldom discussed how rude it can be to point out others shortcomings especially in front of others The Scallywags are general nuisances who have no social graces and no sense of punctuality When they show up late at an event ruining the group picture, they re promptly dropped from everyone s guest list At first it s no big deal but, eventually, the wolves decide games and activities are justfun when everyone s included They learn their manners and other functions of civil living although the idea behind brushing your teeth gets a little skewed and go to visit the other animals The other animals don t recognize them at first and are happy to welcome such clean and shining guests but wait These newcomers appear to be the manner police and no one is measuring up They come to the opinion that these newcomers may be cleaner and better dressed than the Scallywags but at least the wolves were fun Giraffe The scalliwags are a bit like those monkeys Don t tell the monkeys, but I like the scalliwags.Elephant Pish, Posh, I bet you d climb that tree if you saw one The Scalliwags should have behaved better for the photographer I don t like smelly, naughty animals.Giraffe This story is a lot of fun and we like fun don t we Elephant Well, yes we do They had funny names those scalliwags Giraffe I like seeing all the funny things on every page There is a lot to look at in this fun story. The Scallywags Are A Pack Of Wolves When They Aren T Being Lazy And Shiftless, They Spend The Day Jumping Around And Clowning Around And Getting Into All Kinds Of Mischief They Make A Lot Of Noise And Throw Their Food Around And Make General Nuisances Of Themselves They Annoy All The Other Animals And Show The Entire World That They Simply Don T Know How To Behave But After One Particularly Rowdy Episode, The Scallywags Learn That If Being Rowdy Means Losing Your Friends, Maybe It S Time To Start Practicing Some Manners Very Funny Color Illustrations On Every Page This is a really fun book about how the wolves don t fit in with the rest of the civilized animal society The story has a strong non conformist message because when the wolves try to change, they are eventually accepted for who they are.The illustrations are vibrant, goofy cartoons Full, two page spreads are filled with funny details that readers young and old will love to explore The mischevious wolves are entertaining throughout the story and the final photograph of the entire animal village is priceless. The Scallywags are fourteen wolves who try very hard, but haven t got very good manners The other animals stop asking them to join in so the Scallywags have to do something about it.They spy on all the animals and try to replicate what they observe Before long most of the wolves knew what to do with a handkerchief, a toothbrush, and a comb And some of them could dress nicely and say please and thank you Eventually they show their new found manners off, but the other animals come to realise that the Scallywags werefun when they were just being themselves.This is a tale for older small children, from about age four up The Scallywags do all the things that we re not allowed to do, but they do try so very hard to show that they re not really so bad and they mean well.This is a beautiful book in all sorts of ways It s in a landscape format which makes some gorgeous panoramic spreads with lots happening in them There are so many little details in the pictures that you can spend hours pouring over them, especially in comparing and contrasting certain spreads The book is made from lovely matt paper which is a delight to hold too.Fun to read again and again , and one I think older siblings will really enjoy reading to their younger siblings It will be an especially huge hit with boys of course but my girls love it too There s a sequel The Scallywags Blow Their Top and plenty of scope for these characters, someone ought to snap up the media rights for them if they haven t already.The book starts with commenting on how we all know what wolves are like, don t we Before turning the big bad wolf assumption on its head It could be read in conjunction with some classics like The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids, Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf or Peter and the Wolf It can be used as a jumping point for discussing making assumptions about people because of who they are, talking about what manners are for and why we use them, discussing what we do to fit in with others and whether we should and muchbesides.Review first appeared I read this to my nephew this morning and we both enjoyed reading in different voices and looking at the illustrations I am pretty sure this book is one of his favorites. This book would be a great book to read aloud to 1st through 3rd grade students On some pages there is a good amount of text and a lot of dialogue so I do not think that children younger than this age could follow the story The text in the book has a playful vibe it curves up and down, and certain words are written larger than the rest of the sentence to show emphasis This would make the book fun for students to listen to because of the teacher constantly using different voice dynamics The illustrations are super detailed and have a lot going on This is a good thing for this age group because children this age usually love to explore every little thing in the picture Due to a lot of text on each page, exploring the pictures is much easier because students will have a good amount of time to look at them before the page is turned The pictures also tell the story wonderfully The general meaning of the book is also a great one to be discussed in an early elementary classroom The two main themes are friendship and manners, both of which are very important in a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd graders life It teaches children that being completely gross and rude is not desirable in a friendship The Scallywags in the story were bad mannered characters They became left out of all the other animals activities because of this and decided they missed their other friends so they would try to change for them Once they become perfectly mannered wolves they go to a dinner and start calling out the other animals for their bad manners This is a great way of showing that manners are important, but that everyone is different and should be accepted for who they are It turned out that the other animals missed the old Scallywag ways and so they all began to have fun and be crazy together Children would find this book very hilarious and would probably want to have it read aloud to them all the time David Melling s illustrations are delightful, but I feel this picture book is being let down by the text and message the book tries to convey Poor choice of words often not appropriate for the age range this book aims at and an overall lack of understanding that children don t get abstract concepts until they are much older turn this book into a non starter as far as this reviewer is concerned A picture book about manners If the author wanted to convey that good manners are essential if we are to get on with our family and friends, colleagues and neighbours, he failed by allowing the lovable but anarchic wolves to revert back to their true nature at the end of the story If the author wished to show us that only by staying true to our nature can we find happiness, then he failed, because a cease fire and peace time with one s friends will only ever be temporary, when scallywags are allowed to behave as they wish.Melling s funny and beautifully executed illustrations lift the book, but they do not disguise the fact that he didn t think the theme he wanted to convey through properly Enjoyable, but only because of the cute wolf cubs antics. Meet the scallywags they are a might stinky, loud, obnoxious, uncouth band of wolves who seem to ruin a good time wherever they go.Weary of their shananigans, the other forest animals vow to avoid them No longer invited to play time, dinner or any time when the animals are together, the scallywags try to change their wicked ways Modeling the others, they take baths, the iron their clothes and they put their pinkies in the air Using a toothbrush, a comb and dressing neatly, the were invited back in the group Shoe now on the other foot, the scallywags blatantly tell the forest animals to mind their manners and act politely Realizing how very much their old friends the scallywags were missed, with great delight, the animals celebrated the fact that all too soon the scallyways just couldn t help but revert to their nature A delightful time is now had by all, including the reader of this lovely tale A cute story about good manners and friends The Scallywags are a family of wolves and they are always causing trouble The last straw is when the wolves ruin the animals group picture The animals decide to stop inviting the wolves to their meals, playtimes, and storytimes At first, the wolves don t mind but then they start missing their friends They decide to learn how to behave and how to have good manners They rejoin their friends for a meal and the friends don t even recognize them and the animals think the wolves have great manners However, they don t like it when the wolves correct THEIR bad manners A full moon approaches and the Scallywags return to their old ways and the animals are happy to have them back.