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Be a Wolf! (Adventures of Wishbone Series #1)
     

Be a Wolf! (Adventures of Wishbone Series #1)

by Brad Strickland, Rick Duffield, Don Punchatz (Illustrator)
 

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This new series of novels is structured like the "Wishbone" public television episodes, reproducing the major elements and charm of the show while keeping the story focused on Wishbone, the dog. The series is a mixture of novelizations of existing episodes as well as original "Wishbone" stories. This book is inspired by the classic work, "Beowulf".

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This new series of novels is structured like the "Wishbone" public television episodes, reproducing the major elements and charm of the show while keeping the story focused on Wishbone, the dog. The series is a mixture of novelizations of existing episodes as well as original "Wishbone" stories. This book is inspired by the classic work, "Beowulf".

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Wishbone, the hero of this book, and a very popular television series named after the Jack Russell terrier, is reminded of the old English tale Beowulf. Joe, his master, left his school backpack on the fence of a woman the kids all consider to be mean. He has to summons all of his courage to confront the woman, and her ferocious dog. As in the television series, Wishbone assumes the role of the protagonist in the literary work that has been selected to parallel the drama of his middle school age master. As Beowulf, Wishbone has to stalk and slay three terrible monsters. In the meantime, Joe not only manages to get his backpack, but he and Wishbone make a friend in the process. Strickland reveals the wonderful personality and playful nature of Wishbone that has won him so many loyal fans. Attention is also given to present the original piece of literature in a way that generates interest and clearly lets the reader engage in a trip to another time and place. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7The temptation is strong to write off this simplified adaptation that inaugurates a new series about public television's Wishbone. However, Strickland's novelization of a yet-to-be produced episode might just get kids hooked on a bona fide classic, the 1200-year-old tale of Beowulf and his exploits. The formulaic, insipid "parallel" story, featuring the contemporary Talbot family, is also here, unabashedly serving as much of a youthful hook as does the literary Jack Russell terrier, who not only narrates both stories but daydreams himself into the starring role. The "Wishbone Classics" series (HarperCollins) has more straightforward, fleshed-out abridgements of classic tales (minus the Talbots) and limits Wishbone to the role of didactic narrator. This bizarre anthropomorphic mix really does work, oddly enough, to which the popularity of, and accolades heaped upon, the PBS series readily attest. Strickland pretty much abides by the show's tongue-in-cheek prescription (Beowulf "disarms" Grendel; the Geats boastfully bill themselves as "monster busters" who have sailed to the aid of the beleaguered Danes, whose population has been steadily diminishing as snacks for Grendel). Mind you, it takes a leap of faith to picture a diminutive dog as a medieval superman, but Reading Rainbow graduates, whose imaginationsand reading skillshave been lovingly nurtured for many years now, shouldn't find the transition too discombobulating. Still, the image of Beowulf as a pooch may be difficult to shake down the road when writing that college theme paper.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836822977
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Adventures of Wishbone Series , #1
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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