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Wolves Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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All set? Right-o. Now, I think I first heard about "Wolves" through the children's librarian grapevine. You know. The one where you hear someone say at a staff meeting, "Have you seen this book called `Wolves'?" I actually saw the book one-on-one in a bookstore, though, and it's no secret as to why I picked it up. It has an infinitely appealing cover. Pure white with just a fuzzy bunny, pointy nose held high and the straightforward black font of the word WOLVES above the tasteful maroon of the author's name. So I picked it up, gave it the old look-see, and found that it was like nothing I'd perused this year.
A rabbit goes to his local "burrowing" library to check out a book on wolves. While walking home he starts to read about those wild and wily animals. It turns out that wolves can survive in lots of places and that they can have forty-two teeth. As the rabbit reads facts like these, nose planted firmly in his book, he doesn't see that the characters in his story have seemingly stepped off the page. Wolves follow the bunny everywhere until, in a final moment of jeopardy, we see only the book that our hero was reading, torn and slashed to bits.Read more ›
Tell that to our Bunny. You know how they are--they like to be scared! What's the scariest? Wolves. Bunny checks out a book simply called "Wolves." Wow, they look so real on the pages! Bunny, look behind you--a wolf got out and is in his Granny clothes. Bunny, look out, he's part of those trees just ahead. Bunny, you're walking on his feet. Please look up.
Until it is too late. The jagged tears on the book cover, the chewed ends show us the truth. The torn-out piece of paper with one word: Rabbits. We tried to warn the Bunny. But here's a note from the author: No rabbits were harmed in the creation of this book. And for sensitive children, here is an alternative ending: Torn out pieces from the book re-fit, cubist style, to recreate the new ending. Bunny and Wolf having a jam sandwich. Only a comatose child couldn't figure out that this is really just a fake ending. Besides, look at all the stacked up over-due notices lying at Bunny's door--unread.
When I finished reading this to my great-niece, Carolina, she gasped audibly, jerked her head toward me, scrunched up her face the way she does, and said, "Let's read another book." So much for alternate endings for sensitive children.
"Do you know what happened to the Bunny?"
"Yes, he got ate!"
"Does that bother you, Carolina?"
"No, Aunt Judy. It's a book. Silly!"
She's four. I'm way older. It bothered me.
Note: Actually, I love this wildly creative book!
Wolves was an award winner overseas before finally getting published here in America, and it's easy to see why. This is a brilliant little book, funny and informative and supremely disgusting no matter what your moral stance. It's a must, especially if you've got kids.
A rabbit borrows a book on wolves (written, in true meta fashion, by Emily Grrrabbit) and reads it on his way home from the library, so absorbed that he never notices that the path has hanged under his feet as he's walking. It's the subtle things that make the first part of the book wonderful, like the way the rabbit's size decreases on every page as the danger gets greater and greater. Then comes the ending (and the alternate ending; the very idea of including an alternate ending in a kids' book is itself hysterical), and Gravett abandons the subtlety for slap-in-the-face humor that's actually funny.
I know I've said it many times in the last couple of years, as I've reviewed kids' books, but I'll say it again here: if most adult books were as well put together as the kids' books I've been running across, I'd have a lot less reason to be turning to kids' books to get a breath of fresh air. It often seems that the quality of kids' books these days is, on average, higher than that of adult books, which is truly depressing. But if you know where to look, you can mine the vein of kids' books for pure gold, and you find it in Emily Gravett. ****
Oh yes, my sister happens to be 28 years old so this book was age-appropriate for her, while I chose NOT to read it to my 2 year old, who doesn't quite understand all about the great circle of life yet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book, but a bit thin on story. Had to explain what happened in it to grandson, so lost his attention.Published 6 months ago by Nugatorius
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 17 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 17 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 18 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 22 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