Born Bad



ISBN: 9781908714756 Categories: ,

CK Smouha, Stephen Smith


“Wolf wasn’t happy being Wolf. When he looked in the mirror he looked BAD. And when he looked bad, he felt bad, and when he felt bad, he acted bad.”

Wolf wants to change but he’s not sure how. He meets members of the animal kingdom who share their own experiences. With their help, Wolf challenges his own preconceptions about identity and finally finds the courage to undergo a magnificent transition….

This book is ultimately about being able to be yourself and could be used in PSHE sessions about acceptance and appearance. It would also be a fun, cross-curricular link to metamorphosis or life cycles in science. — Reading Zone

Wolf is confused and disappointed with himself, but he is guided through the jungle, the forest, the sea and the sky by other creatures who show him that he’s not alone, that everyone has a bit of a battle to fight. — School Reading List

Additional information

Weight 156 g
Dimensions 21.1 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 1 June 2020
Number of pages 32
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.1 x 28.1 cm
Weight 156 g


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Stephen Smith is an artist whose distinctive, 1960s inflected collages have featured in exhibitions around Europe. This is his first picture book.

C K Smouha is a children's author living and working in Bristol. Born Bad was her first book, but she has since authored a number of critically acclaimed books for Cicada.