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Big Wolf and Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange!

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This is the third and last book in the Big Wolf series. Once again Olivier Tallec's illustrations, which are bold in perspective and full of feeling, deepen the story. Departing from the previous two books, this story takes place in a city, albeit one with a park and a tree on a hill.

Big Wolf and Little Wolf have gone on an adventure. Little Wolf sees an orange and goes after it, but he doesn't return. Big Wolf plunges into the urban jungle in search of Little Wolf. He ...

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Overview

This is the third and last book in the Big Wolf series. Once again Olivier Tallec's illustrations, which are bold in perspective and full of feeling, deepen the story. Departing from the previous two books, this story takes place in a city, albeit one with a park and a tree on a hill.

Big Wolf and Little Wolf have gone on an adventure. Little Wolf sees an orange and goes after it, but he doesn't return. Big Wolf plunges into the urban jungle in search of Little Wolf. He finds the orange, but not his friend. Fear and loneliness overtake him, but he perseveres. Finally, he comes into a clearing of light, where he finds Little Wolf near where he lost him. Big Wolf has gone full circle and, as these things go, everything has changed. Big Wolf has undertaken an interior journey, gone through the metaphorical forest, and come out fuller and richer and more himself. This is a deep story about true friendship and how it helps to make us who we are.

Nadine Brun-Cosme is the author of over twenty juvenile novels and picture books. She lives in France. Her book Big Wolf and Little Wolf is a 2010 Batchelder Honor book.

Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany, France, in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d'Art Graphic in Paris, he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has illustrated more than sixty books, seven of which have been published by Enchanted Lion Books.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First published in France, this third Big Wolf and Little Wolf story has Little Wolf searching for an errant orange that flies over his head when Big Wolf tosses it his way. When Little Wolf doesn't return, Big Wolf leaves their hill to find him. Big Wolf's loneliness is palpable in scenes of empty sidewalks shadowed by blank buildings and on a train filled with the smudgy shapes of anonymous passengers. Readers will share his relief when he is reunited with Little Wolf under a different tree on a different hill. The emphasis on the idea that change (be it newfound maturity or change of scenery) can strengthen loving bonds makes this a poignant conclusion to a stirringly original series. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
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"First published in France, this third Big Wolf and Little Wolf story has Little Wolf searching for an errant orange that flies over his head when Big Wolf tosses it his way. When Little Wolf doesn't return, Big Wolf leaves their hill to find him. Big Wolf's loneliness is palpable in scenes of empty sidewalks shadowed by blank buildings and on a train filled with the smudgy shapes of anonymous passengers. Readers will share his relief when he is reunited with Little Wolf under a different tree on a different hill. The emphasis on the idea that change (be it newfound maturity or change of scenery) can strengthen loving bonds makes this a poignant conclusion to a stirringly original series. Ages 4–8." - Publishers Weekly

"Even younger readers will be caught up in Big Wolf's odyssey and rejoice when he at last tracks down his errant buddy." - Kirkus

"Children and adults will love "Big Wolf & Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange!" Its authenticity encourages the spirit to stretch and grow, once again." - The Midwest Book Review

"Tallec's beautifully composed spreads, rich with blues, greens and yellows, are a marvel of soft, richly applied hues and dark swaths of color for contrast, and the two characters, formed with a lithe roundness and sense of vitality, will engage readers. This happily ever after tale offers numerous possibilities for discussion about give-and-take of friendship as well as the artistry of illustration." - Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

"These funny, quirky, and quietly reflective picture books are about love - who we love, and why we love, and the lengths we will go for love." - Donna McKinnon, 32pages.ca

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In this final sequence in the "Big Wolf and Little Wolf" series, the two protagonists once more find their friendship challenged. The tale, revolving around the discovery, loss, and rediscovery of an orange—"so round, so sweet, so bright"—while a bit wordy flows quietly yet fluidly. The puzzling disappearance of the orange on the final pages, however, results in an unsatisfying conclusion. Nevertheless, Tallec's beautifully composed spreads, rich with blues, greens, and yellows, are a marvel of soft, richly applied hues and dark swaths of color for contrast, and the two characters, formed with a lithe roundedness and sense of vitality, will engage readers. This happily ever after tale offers numerous possibilities for discussion about the give-and-take of friendship as well as the artistry of the illustrations.—Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592701063
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,462,747
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Nadine Brun-Cosme is the author of over twenty popular novels and picture books for children. She lives in France. Her two Big Wolf and Little Wolf titles have sold over 60,000 worldwide.

Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Superieure d'Art Graphic in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has illustrated more than 60 books. He was first published in the US by Enchanted Lion Books (This Is A Poem That Heals Fish). He also has been published by Chronicle Books in the US (Rita and Whatsit).

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