WOLF WANTED by Ana Maria Machado

WOLF WANTED

by , illustrated by , translated by
Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Manny Wolf is looking for a job. When he spies an ad in the paper that reads, “Wolf Wanted,” it seems perfect. But alas, they are looking for a real wolf, not a human with a convenient last name. However, the company has so many applicants that they need someone to go through all of the letters. Manny is hired. As each letter unfolds, Manny begins to recognize familiar canine friends. Readers will delight in guessing which wolf, from several popular stories and fables, has applied for the job. The first few are simple; one unknown wolf boasts about huffing and puffing. But several letters in, the wolves get more obscure. One even has a reference from St. Francis of Assisi! Cardon’s wolves are sly, with sharp teeth and long pointy snouts. Even Manny resembles his namesake, with angular features and two tufts of hair sticking straight up. Translated by Amado from Portuguese, the text is a bit heavy at times, but the letters themselves are clever fun. With a wink and a nod to fictional wolves worldwide. (facts on wolves) (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-88899-880-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Groundwood
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010




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