Wolfby Becky Bloom, Pascal Biet
A wolf trades in his "growl" for "spoken words" in order to impress a group of educated farmyard animals he has met. Full-color illustrations.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWith a pinch of the tongue-in-cheek and a pound of perseverance, this droll wolf story is a charmer. When a hungry, nearly penniless itinerant wolf decides to make a meal of some barnyard animals, he finds that they won't even look up from their books. "This is a farm for educated animals," they tell him. The wolf is caught so off guard that he forgets about his appetite and enrolls in school. When he takes his newfound knowledge back to the farm and proudly reads, "Run wolf! Run!" the animals go on "reading their own books, not the least impressed." Not until the wolf makes repeat visits to the library and buys his own storybook (with his last coins) can he read "with confidence and passion," entrancing the cow, pig and duck with story after story. The foursome decides to travel the world as storytellers, and the endpapers show them reading books to children everywhere. French illustrator Biet fills her fresh watercolors with lively humor and clever characterizations. The wolf, sporting red reading glasses and an orange vest, peruses library books as solemnly as a British don. The cow wears blue sunglasses and a look of contented rapture as she listens to the wolf's tales. The wry humor of both text and illustrations wisely offsets the book's underlying message about the determination needed to learn to read well. All ages. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susan HeplerThis charming pro-reading story evokes snickers when a hungry wolf comes upon a pig, a duck, and a cow reading in the sun. When he attempts to scare up some dinner, the reading animals complain about the noise: "I can't concentrate on my book," says one. When the wolf points out that he is big and dangerous, one animal asks if he can't "be big and dangerous somewhere else? We're trying to read. This is a farm for educated animals." Anyone who's ever been interrupted while reading will laugh out loud in recognition. So the wolf figures out that he'd better learn to read. After a few false starts reading boringly, too loudly, and in run-on fashion, he masters reading "with confidence and passion." In addition, his expression is so good that he enchants the other animals with his newfound prowess. They all agree to travel around the world telling stories. Biet's fresh, watercolor illustrations with black line and the decorated endpapers make this book special-one worth sharing for the art, the humor, and above all, the message.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-Bloom gives folklore's villain a new role. Woebegone and hungry, Wolf is rebuffed by his intended victims-a duck, a pig, and a cow-when he attempts to use his ilk's traditional tactics to secure lunch. Deeply engrossed in their reading, the highly literate trio cannot be bothered with the ruffian intruder. Stunned to be ignored by his would-be prey, who ask him to be big and dangerous elsewhere, the wolf determines that he, too, can educate himself and so sets off to school sporting a new set of red glasses. Although his human classmates are a bit puzzled by his presence, he masters the basics and tries in vain to impress the barnyard animals by reading from his primer, "Run, wolf! Run! See wolf run." Determined to hold their attention, Wolf goes first to the public library and then to the bookstore to acquire more reading experience and skill, until he finally gains an appreciative audience when he reads "with confidence and passion." The pig, the cow, and the duck beg for more, and the protagonist finds that literacy is the key to friendship. Parents, teachers, librarians, and newly skilled readers will love the unabashedly undisguised message of the text, but any audience will find great fun in Biet's jaunty watercolors that invest Wolf and his reading pals with such distinctive character.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsAn entertaining tale featuring well-known figures; a tired, hungry wold enters a little town populated by disgruntled people, humorously drawn by Biet. He carries a hobo's kerchief on a stick, has "only a little money that he kept for emergencies." He ventures out to a farm, planning to eat the animals, but finds them unfazed and engrossed in reading. In a fit of one-upmanship, he decides to learn to read, too, and "since he didn't try to eat anyone," his human classmates become accustomed to having him around. He is rejected again by the animals until he refines his style of reading aloud. He is finally accepted into the group for his efforts, and all read happily ever after in the farmyard. That ending is a bit abrupt, but readers will be compensated in the portrayal of ducks, cows, and pigs reading-and their annoyance when they are interrupted-which perfectly suits the amusing text. The cartoonish figures have expressive faces and postures, offering plenty for readers to pore over. (Picture book. 4-8) .
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I'm an elementary school teacher and have used this book as a read-aloud for students from kindergarten to 6th grade. I have used this as the first thing I do when receiving a new class a number of times and leads to a great discussion of the importance of learning to read and of what is good reading. Afterwards, this book goes on my classroom library shelf and is one of the books that I've had to buy multiple copies of because of it's popularity and because I've had a few wear out from use. A fun story that makes reading seem like something that students would want to learn to do well, not an easy proposition in today's world in some of the tough neighborhoods where I've taught. Just a great book!
This is a great book for that second grader who thinks reading fast is reading good. This book showed my students how to read with 'style' using voice and punctuation.