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Little Wolf's First Howling Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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Kvasnosky's story celebrates all that is fresh and original in the creative spirit of children, and her text will be great fun as a read-aloud, especially after some practice. Kvasnosky and McGee's collaborative illustrations are done in gouache resist with digital colorization, a striking technique that particularly emphasizes the black night and the bright moonlight. All double-page spreads, the illustrations successfully evoke the vast beauty of the country the wolves inhabit. Visually lovely and sure to be a read-aloud hit; put on some Ella Fitzgerald, too.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
From the woodland, meadow, and mountain settings to the appealing depictions of the wolves, the distinctive illustrations were created collaboratively: Kvasnosky contributed the bold, black line drawings and textured effects, while her sister McGee—a landscape artist—added beautiful, soft, dusky colors. Written with economy and wit, this handsome picture book is a natural for reading aloud, and kids will be ready to help when it’s time to cut loose and howl.
—Booklist (starred review)
The perfectly paced narrative is filled with warmth and humor...Fun to read—and howl—aloud, this tale of tackling a first experience with originality and élan is ideal for storytime or family sharing.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Little Wolf wants to make howling his own. In its nod to individuality and originality, this wise book is not just about growing up but also about being yourself.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee, captures the solemnity and playfulness of a wonderful father-son relationship. In moonlit illustrations, Big Wolf demonstrates proper howling form, but though his cub makes a sincere effort, he keeps veering into improvisation (‘skibbity skobbity skooo-wooooo’). It’s so endearing that eventually Big Wolf can’t help joining in.
—The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
Laura McGee Kvasnosky has written and illustrated many books for children, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winning Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways. That book and five others about the Fox Sisters were inspired by Laura’s childhood adventures with her sister Kate and their siblings. For Little Wolf’s First Howling, Laura wrote the text and painted the black line for the artwork using gouache resist. Laura McGee Kvasnosky lives in Seattle.
Kate McGee is a celebrated fine artist who specializes in pastel landscapes. Her work has been exhibited widely in the Pacific Northwest. For Little Wolf’s First Howling, Kate colorized the art in Photoshop with a digital palette and brushes. This collaboration is her first foray into the world of children’s books. Kate McGee lives in Oregon.
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Kvasnosky’s text is simple and friendly. It will invite young listeners to howl along, so expect to fill your own space with lots of howling. As Little Wolf comes into his own in his personal way of howling, children will love the rhythms and jazzy nature of his voice. There is a great relationship between father and son in this book, a sense of patience emanates from Big Wolf while a wild playfulness exudes from Little Wolf.
McGee’s illustrations are done in gouache relief and capture the vibrancy of nature at dark. They are sprinkled with starlight and light from the moon. The medium also has lots of darkness and texture, creating its own shadows and organic qualities that add to the experience.
A howling good time, this picture book will be a pleasure to share aloud to your own group of little wolves. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
As a bonus, the illustrations of Yellowstone are stunning, and remind the whole family of our time in that magical place.
The illustrations are beautiful and are perfect for this special story.