New Takes On The Big Bad Wolf

“How the Big Bad Wolf Got His Comeuppance,” illustrated by Arthur Geisert and written by Lisa Wilke Pope, is the second in Geisert’s trilogy based on the scenery of Clayton County. Geisert’s illustrations, like the one shown here, are currently on display in Dubuque.

Illustrations by Arthur Geisert, three-time winner of the New York Times’ Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award and now living in northeast Iowa, are currently on display at the Dubuque Museum of Art. From his new book, “How the Big Bad Wolf Got His Comeuppance,” the illustrations are inspired by Clayton County’s towns and colorful countryside.

Written by Elkader public library director Lisa Wilke Pope, the new book reinterprets the story of the three little pigs and how they outwit the crafty wolf. Geisert’s whimsical illustrations complement the storyline.  

The book is part of a trilogy—all set in Clayton County. The first book, published in 2019, was “Pumpkin Island,” which was set in Elkader. The final book will feature the trolls living under the stone bridges on the Turkey River.

Geisert and Pope’s new book will be on sale at the museum bookstore starting Aug. 30.


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