The Scallywags are a bunch of messy, noisy wolves who find it rather hard to behave properly. But as they soon discover, if it means losing your friends, then just maybe it's time to practise those manners...
By the bestselling creator of the Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. Find out more about David Melling at http://www.davidmelling.co.uk/
Check out the sequel - The Scallywags Blow Their Top - in which the rambunctious wolves learn to control their tempers.
'David Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storyline.' - Guardian
Meet the Scallywags, a family of nine wolves that's driving the other forest animals crazy ("I sat next to one of them at supper last week," complains a pig. "He was so smelly, I couldn't finish eating!"). But when it dawns on the wolves that they're actually being shunned, they decide it's time to learn the ways of polite society, and they surreptitiously study their neighbors. ("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.") The Scallywags become so well groomed and polite that their neighbors do not recognize them and invite them to dine. The free-for-all denouement won't come as much of a surprise, but getting there is more than half the fun. Melling's (Good Knight, Sleep Tight) exuberant pictures bring to mind the expertly orchestrated goofiness and vivid characters of vintage cartoons it's easy to imagine this book as an animated short. His repertoire of comic expressions is particularly impressive given the size of his animal cast. Every one of the characters, even those in tiny supporting roles, is good for a giggle. Ages 4-7.