BRIDGET AND THE GRAY WOLVES by Pija Lindenbaum

BRIDGET AND THE GRAY WOLVES

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

The author of Boodil, My Dog (1992) offers another of her offbeat stories. This one, a shaggy-wolf tale about a milquetoast turned commander-in-chief of a pack of wild carnivores, has just the right measure of topsy-turvy, oddball humor. Bridget is a little fraidy cat: she doesn’t like to pet dogs or jump over mud puddles or muck around with worms. She toes the straight-and-narrow when it comes to the daycare teachers’ directives. Then she goes and gets lost on a field trip into the forest, even though she was doing just what she was told. Next thing you know, she’s deep in the purpling woods of dusk, and sets of yellow eyes are peering at her from behind trees. They turn out to belong to a pack of wolves, but wolves of a different stripe. They truck to Bridget’s every order—don’t ask why, just enjoy watching as she puts them through a series of drills disguised as games, playing catch-the-pine cone (until one of them chokes), climb-the-trees (they’re not too good at getting down), and hospital (they like being scratched behind the ears). They even like her mud-and-blueberry pie, which is just what they need before hitting the hay (after a visit to the “pee trees,” that is). Next morning, they direct her out of the woods and back to her daycare center. Who’d have thought it: wolves, a girl’s best friends. Lindenbaum’s comical, off-center art offers a sight never before seen in American picture books: wolves peeing on trees. And the text offers another rarity: droll and ironic humor for children. Yea, Bridget. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 2001
ISBN: 91-29-65395-9
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: R&S/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2001




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