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Wolf Story (New York Review Collections) Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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“If you can get only one children's book this year, make it William McCleery's 1947 Wolf Story. This "underground classic" finds an inventive and exasperated father telling a wolf story to end all wolf stories (so he hopes) to his inventive and demanding young son. Dramatist McCleery perfectly captures the irritation, affection, tricks, admiration, and sheer surprise that pass back and forth between parent and child in everyday family life. It is in similar improvisational exchanges that we-adults and children-learn how to love.” —Commonweal
“’You can kill the wolf at the very end, but this way we can have more story,’ said Michael. The laughing child who listen will agree, for Wolf Story simply has to last forever. It is easy to imagine, from the natural conversational cadences and the impromptu unfolding of episodes, that the writing was no feat. But here is a little wok of art, funny, tender and captivating. To Warren Chappell, whose cleverly scratchy pen draws Rainbow and Waldo, Wolf Story also owes its attractive format.” —The New York Times
“There is an air of distinction to this book. It is a pleasure to have and to read. One parent told me that if she were to compile a list of ‘books for sitters’ (and wouldn’t that be helpful?), this book would lead all the rest.” —Christian Science Monitor
“This charming book, perfect for reading aloud at bedtime, was first published in 1947. It's about Michael, an engaging 5-year-old, and his father, and the story Michael orders his father to tell about a hen the boy names Rainbow and Waldo, a rather foolish wolf.” —The New York Times
“Wolf Story had been out of print for a decade. I had loved it in the 1960s and so had the 6- and 7-year-olds to whom I read it over the course of a month. I still enjoy it. The story-within-a-story technique, peppered with dialogue, is used to good effect. Adults reading this aloud will recognize themselves. Children will, of course, identify with Michael's determination to mold the story to his taste. In the end though, Wolf Story is a celebration of a happy father-son relationship.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Wolf Story is tough-minded, without sentiment and very clever. It may well have been this cleverness that split the reviewers down the middle when the book was first issued in 1947. However, in the laboratory test our 9-year-old loved it.” —The New York Times
“Wolf Story will captivate both parent and child as a father regales his 5-year-old son at bed time with tales of a fierce wolf, the hen he wanted to eat, and the farmer who wanted to shoot the wolf. Interruptions—by enthusiastic son Michael add to the fun. So do Warren Chappell’s raffish pictures.” —Chicago Tribune
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Wolf Story is wonderfully written and captivating to young children. Every year I can not wait to read the book. I find myself anxious to share the next chapter.
When my own children have children, Wolf Story will be the book that I can share with them. I strongly recommend this book to every child and to every adult who enjoys reading to their children at bedtime.
Not only is the story line amusing and entertaining but Anthony Heald, who reads the story on the audiobook version, does an incredible job of changing voices and acting out characters an an engaging way.
My two boys who are ages 5 and 7 absolutely love this. We read hundreds of kids books and this one really stands out. We rarely buy audiobooks but in this case its well worth it.
Guaranteed this clever book will have you both laughing out loud at times, but I was also very pleased to find an amusing children's book that manages to operate at different levels without the wisecracking or cynical tone so common in children's literature now. Children can easily see the story from the point of view of the father, of little Michael, the scary wolf and the little farmer boy, Jimmy, who stands up to him. This makes the story all the more delightful for them. What a treat!
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Must have book!! my daughter wanted to get this for the boys she babysits for - because of her find memories of the story when she was little!Published 23 days ago by h
This is a great book for elementary age kids; they laugh out loud every time they read it themselves, and they love having it read to them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H. Laack
This is a great story for kids, whether you read it to them (recommended) or they read it themselves. We remember it as a favorite, even though our kids are grown and gone.Published 7 months ago by JimM
I had never heard of this book before, but the 5 stars are warranted. My 5-year-old adored this book and immediately wanted me to reread the entire thing.Published 8 months ago by HRD
Timeless story within a story for younger readers. A favorite read-a-loud in our home that still entertains even after the 50th time through!Published 10 months ago by MCJam
A delightful, funny tale! This book is such a joy to read out loud.Published 10 months ago by Book lover
As a fairly new father, I have quickly learned that reading to my son is about what he wants to read, not what I want to read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stuart Dunn