The Dog Who Cried Wolf

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Tired of being a house pet, Moka the dog moves to the mountains to become a wolf but soon misses the comforts of home.
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Tired of being a house pet, Moka the dog moves to the mountains to become a wolf but soon misses the comforts of home.
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Editorial Reviews

"Thanks to excellent pacing, children will get caught up in the childlike Moka's emotions: the pleasure of being free, the loneliness of night, and the exuberant reunion with Michelle.... A final twist provides the perfect end to this appealing tale that will lend itself to storytime or one-on-one reading."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Moka is a good dog who lives a perfect life with Michelle until they read a book about wolves. Suddenly, he feels like a failure. He is inspired to hunt for his food and howl at the moon, so he runs away to the mountains to be as free as a wolf. Kasza's perfect pacing and expressive watercolor illustrations show how the pup's joy at being able to jump, dance, and pee wherever he wants turns to misery as his prey outruns him and a skunk sprays him. Missing Michelle and his former life, he tries howling at the golden moon, and when his cries are answered by some real wolves, he runs home in terror. Children will find themselves captivated by Moka's playful antics and comforted by his return. Children will howl with delight when they meet this engaging pup. Pair this story of adventure and going home again with Gene Zion's Harry the Dirty Dog (HarperCollins, 1956) for supremely satisfying storytime.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Moka's a good dog, and he loves his young owner Michelle. Life seems perfect until she reads a book about wolves to him. Moka takes a critical look at his life: the leashes, the dog food and particularly the tea party dresses. He decides life as a free wolf is preferable in every way, so he runs away and finds freedom fun until dinnertime. Every animal he chases gets away or laughs at his attempts to hunt. He decides he misses Michelle, but he wants to try howling at the moon. When real wolves answer, Moka races for home. Everything is perfect again . . . until Michelle reads a book about monkeys. Kasza's simple story and expressive watercolor and ink illustrations are spot-on. Young listeners will see themselves in Moka's discontent and wish it were as easy for them to try freedom. In the end, this tale of home and comfort will make everyone sigh with happiness. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142413050
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 283,520
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Keiko Kasza
Keiko lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Good lesson

    My son learned that being yourself if the best thing to do while laughing having a good time. I would definitly recommend this book to friends.

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    Posted December 6, 2009

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