STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES by Jared Chapman

STEVE, RAISED BY WOLVES

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

As the title indicates, Chapman plays with the raised-by-wolves trope in this first-day-of-school book.

As might be expected of a feral child, Steve’s transition to school is not a smooth one, despite a pep talk from his wolf mother (“just be yourself”). A day of mayhem yields scowls from his classmates and a note from his teacher. The next day does not go much better, but his mother is determined that he keep at it. On the third, though, “Steve’s wolf instincts” save the day when he follows his nose to the lost class hamster. (Happily, he does not then eat it.) Chapman’s bright, flat digital cartoons depict Steve as a towheaded white child with a protruding lower canine; Steve’s kindergarten class is nicely multiethnic, including his brown-skinned teacher. Although Chapman doesn’t take the scenario as far as it could go—somehow these wolves have acquired clothing for Steve and more or less trained him to wear it—he still generates quite a few laughs. From his dead-bird sandwich (wings protruding from the bread) and his habit of sitting on his haunches and howling to his gleeful marking of the playground slide, Steve’s wolflike behavior will have children giggling.

Whether readers extrapolate from Steve’s experiences to their own is open to question, but the story’s message of the need to balance individuality with group expectations is neatly presented. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-316-25390-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2015




MORE BY JARED CHAPMAN

ChildrenBE GLAD YOUR DAD...(IS NOT AN OCTOPUS!) by Matthew Logelin
by Matthew Logelin
ChildrenVEGETABLES IN UNDERWEAR by Jared Chapman
by Jared Chapman
ChildrenPIRATE, VIKING & SCIENTIST by Jared Chapman
by Jared Chapman

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE NOT SO QUIET LIBRARY by Zachariah OHora
by Zachariah OHora
ChildrenEDDA by Adam Auerbach
by Adam Auerbach
ChildrenHOW DO DINOSAURS GO TO SCHOOL? by Jane Yolen
by Jane Yolen