Max the Stubborn Little Wolf

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Wolf fathers and sons are hunters. Everyone knows that—except Max, a little wolf who thinks hunting is mean and horrible. He wants to be a florist.

Papa Wolf can't imagine what Max likes about those good-for-nothing flowers. If the big wolf can't find a way to make his son become a hunter, he'll eat his heat—and he means it!

Papa Wolf expects his son Max to be a hunter, like other wolves, but Max...

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Wolf fathers and sons are hunters. Everyone knows that—except Max, a little wolf who thinks hunting is mean and horrible. He wants to be a florist.

Papa Wolf can't imagine what Max likes about those good-for-nothing flowers. If the big wolf can't find a way to make his son become a hunter, he'll eat his heat—and he means it!

Papa Wolf expects his son Max to be a hunter, like other wolves, but Max has different ideas about his future.

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With the help of a translator, the French team of Marie-Odile Judes and Martine Bourré bring to life an engaging tale about a battle of wills between a father wolf and his son. Max the Stubborn Little Wolf is just that -- a stubborn little wolf. His dream of growing up to be a florist is driving his father crazy because no wolf in the family's history has ever been anything other than a hunter. Papa Wolf sets several plans in motion to sway his son's decision, but both father and son are as determined as they are tenacious. The battle is on and it's waged with high humor, a playful tone, and more than a few shenanigans.

When Max's father swears to make a hunter out of his son or else eat his own hat, the outcome, while predictable, should generate plenty of giggles, particularly when you consider the added genius of Bourré's colorful drawings, which are rendered in pencil and watercolor. The ending of the story is subtle, letting young readers determine for themselves (with the aid of pictures) what the final action is and to imagine what the future holds for this father and son team. It should also serve as a good launching platform for discussions on individuality, acceptance, and tolerance. (Beth Amos)

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Lively illustrations . . . visual jokes abound. . . . Children will gleefully anticipate the final page, where Papa Wolf chokes down the china.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What if a little wolf told his father that instead of growing up to hunt and eat little animals, his fondest dream was to become a florist? In this French team's urbane reworking of the theme of the wayward son, Max stands up to his big bad wolf of a father without flinching: "Hunting is nasty, cruel, horrible. I will never be a hunter." Max doesn't want to be a vegetarian--he likes a leg of lamb as much as the next wolf cub--he simply would prefer to spend his time among the flowers. For the entire book, Max's father plots to rid his son of his predilection, but Max is proof against every ploy. The author pitches the book at least as much to grown-ups as to children; the father's energy drives the narrative forward, and perhaps parents will most appreciate the fellow's ham-fisted attempts to make a man, or a wolf, of his son. Bourre's ink-and-gouache paintings combine bristly ink-black wolf hair and whiskers with warm, incandescently lit interiors. Certain visual touches may strike readers as unmistakably Gallic, such as the pig in the thought balloon above the father's head, scored for carving la Escoffier, and the Provence-style country d cor of the wolf family's home. The ending of the book is curiously abrupt (is the father ever reconciled to Max's wishes?), but Max's spunk and Bourre's beguiling illustrations more than compensate for the story's shortcomings. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Max's ambition to be a florist when he grows up exasperates Papa Wolf. For wolves "have always been hunters...And that is that!" But Max, clutching his stuffed lamb, cannot be persuaded. Papa devises scheme after scheme to change Max's mind, in vain. Each time Papa has to eat his hat, or his pillow, or....We can't help but cheer as Max persists in being true to himself. The humor in the reactions of Papa as father and as wolf to Max's good-natured but atypical, even outrageous determination is reinforced by Bourre's delightfully exaggerated depictions of the increasingly frustrated Papa and consistently innocent Max. The vitality and imagination of her color, dry-brush renderings supply just enough mundane details to enhance the anthropomorphic thrust of this universal story of father and son. 2001 (orig. 1996), HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A little wolf dreams of becoming a florist rather than a hunter as his father demands. Papa Wolf cooks up several plans to convince him to change his young mind, each time vowing to eat a hat or a pillow if he fails. The pen-and-ink and charcoal drawings show cartoonlike depictions of everyday life with delightful details such as wolf lamps and a lovable little lamb that Max clutches everywhere he goes. Adults will enjoy the humor of the career struggle while children will love the fact that little wolf sticks up for himself and that his dad does silly things to get him to comply with what's expected of him. This story contrasts nicely with Colin McNaughton's Yum! (Harcourt, 1999), in which a pig tries to dissuade the wolf from being a hunter and to get a real job. Though not an essential purchase, Max is a sweet book to share with a child.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060294175
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 HARPER
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie-Odile Judes lives and works in Toulouse, France, where she has written many stories for children.

Translator Joan Robins is the author of three I Can Read Books, including Addie Meets Max. She worked in the HarperCollins Children's Books Division for 29 years and held the title of Director of Publicity and Special Editorial Projects, working on the books of Shel Silverstein. She is also the translator of A Young Child's Bible (Winter/Spring 2001). She lives in New York City.

Martine Bourre has illustrated more than forty books, conjuring up all kinds of animals—cats, rabbits, wolves, horses (one of her passions) — under her pencils and brushes. She also creates her own stories. She lives in France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    A Fun Giggle Filled Book

    Ijust finished reading this to my 6 year old son. He asked for it again. It's title drew me to it, as any parent of a6 year old knows they can be stubborn too. This story is delightful as the father wolf tries to change his sons mind. The ending is a wonderful surprise that both parents and children will laugh outloud at.

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