A WELL-MANNERED YOUNG WOLF by Jean Leroy

A WELL-MANNERED YOUNG WOLF

by Jean Leroy, illustrated by Matthieu Maudet
Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young wolf goes hunting for the first time and learns his prey can be crafty—not to mention a bunch of liars.

Leroy’s wolf in this French import has a wolfish streak, but he is also a gentleman. His first quarry is a rabbit, caught in a butterfly net. Well-mannered to a fault, the wolf asks the rabbit for its last wish: to be read a story. The wolf rushes home to get one after the rabbit promises not to move a muscle. The three vignettes that depict his rushing home, choosing a book, and rushing back are hysterical. Arriving back at the scene, the wolf finds the rabbit has vanished. “Wait...he’s gone? Oh, that liar!” His next prey, a chicken, pulls a similar bamboozlement, but the little boy he nabs soon thereafter is true to his promise not to move. So not only does the wolf grant him his last wish, a drawing, but he agrees to let the boy show it to his friends (yes, rabbit and chicken). When the wolf sees them in their woodland clubhouse, he walks away after a page turn. Readers are left to their own devices in solving the riddle, but the absence of the rabbit and the chicken in the frame may be a clue. Maudet’s artwork—vignettes, full-page illustrations, two-page spreads—are colored in earth tones that make for clean, rural tableaux.

So where do good manners get you? Hunger here and salvation there. Life is a mystery. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5479-7
Page count: 30pp
Publisher: Eerdmans
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2016




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