From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–One by one, a group of animals assembles in the woods, repeating the titular exclamation, then asking, Wolf, are you there? The left side of each spread depicts the growing number of creatures cavorting among the tree trunks, engaged in fun and games, while the facing pages show the wolf responding to each one, describing his actions, e.g., I am putting on my socks….I am putting on my jacket…. At the beginning of the story, the small wolf is in the background but, with every inquiry, he appears larger, until his large face fills the page. Once he finishes dressing, he shouts, …I am very hungry! And I'm going to eat…, leaving the animals quaking with fear. The tension is broken as he sits down to his mother's pancakes before heading off to school. The artwork was created on digital prints using graphite pencil. The pages are clean, focusing attention on the simply drawn but wildly expressive animals. The effect is very pleasing. The story, based on a traditional French and Latin-American song, is fun to read aloud since each page includes the repeated chant. A surefire storytime pleaser and an ideal choice for dialogic reading.–Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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The animals chant "Let's play in the forest while the wolf is not around" on the left-hand side of each double-page spread; on the opposite page, the wolf is slowly getting dressed, one item at a time ("I am putting on my underpants"). He is also getting bigger and hungrier with each turn of the page. The book is based on a traditional song that Rueda sang in Spanish while growing up in Colombia, and in a note at the back, which includes musical notation, she mentions that the folk rhyme originated in sixteenth-century France. On flat backgrounds, the angular, minimally detailed but colorful digital images, enhanced with a few light pencil strokes, show the animals at play in the forest, always chanting the same line, as the wolf slowly readies himself for . . . a surprise. This is a great song for toddlers to act out as they are getting dressed, especially because they will love being the scary monster. Pair this with Maurice Sendak's classicWhere the Wild Things Are. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved