Starred Review. Grade 1-3–This imaginative, cleverly designed story unfolds in a delectable blend of spare text and eloquent multimedia illustrations. A textured welcome mat serves as background for title and publisher information, the pages feel somewhat scratchy, and the wolves are expressively drawn with charcoal pencil. In the story, Rabbit borrows Wolves by Emily Grrrabbit from the West Bucks Public Burrowing Library and leaves with his nose already stuck in the red book. His long, wavy ears ooze movement. The author ingeniously develops her story on two levels: children will absorb the information that the rabbit is reading–An adult wolf has forty-two teeth–but also enjoy the suspenseful tale of what is happening to the rabbit as he walks along. As a real wolf becomes gradually more threatening, Rabbit becomes progressively smaller. Expressive illustrations show him obliviously walking up a bushy tail onto the back, and then the snout, of a wolf; but it is the uh-oh expression on his face as he slowly realizes that he is in trouble that is so piercingly vivid. The following page depicts a partially eaten book, and no rabbit. However, the author then reassures readers that no rabbits were eaten during the making of this book and thoughtfully provides an alternative ending for sensitive children. This delightful picture book is best shared with children who can appreciate the sly humor.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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The story couldn't be simpler: a rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the Public Burrowing Library. Lost in the pages of his good book as he strolls home, the rabbit fails to recognize that he has encountered the real thing--an honest-to-goodness, knife-and-fork-wielding, big bad you-know-what. But not to worry. This is a postmodern picture book that has fun with narrative convention; there's an alternate ending, accompanied by playful interjections from the author-illustrator (who bills herself as "Emily Grrrabbit" on the title page). Wolves is a long way from being The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, but it's a bit of a lark for younger readers and listeners, and its sly celebration of libraries and reading is a treat for older ones. Michael Cart
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The story is about a rabbit that takes a book out of the library titled ‘Wolves’. It expands the conventional boundaries of picture book formats. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristen
Wolves is a great book to represent elements of a postmodern picture book! The author interrupts the “primary narrator” (the rabbit) by putting a disclaimer letting the reader... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
We love Emily Gravett at our house. Even when her books are bad, they are good. There is always just some redeeming quality about them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Truthful Reviews
Excellent for stimulating a conversation comparing fiction and non-fiction, as well as analyzing the decisions an author makes.Published 11 months ago by Blocke
A very unique and humorous story. A rabbit checks a book out of the library about wolves. He reads it as he is walking along, oblivious to the fact that he is walking all over a... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Dena
With a bland white cover with an averagely drawn rabbit illustration in the bottom left corner, has resulted in kids just not picking it up off the shelf, at least at the libraries... Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by James N Simpson
The illustrations make this book one of my boys' favorite books of the year so far. The different styles and the scrapbook/library book feel are original and clever. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by M. Heiss
This clever story stars a rabbit that goes to the West Bucks Public Burrowing Library and checks out a book about wolves. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by The Book Nosher
She can be so hard to figure out.
We've read a number of "darker" books. Generally, I find that the more comically they're illustrated and written, the more she'll enjoy... Read more