WOLVES by Emily Gravett (Simon and Schuster) When you need information, what should you do? Look it up in a book, of course! So when a rabbit wants to wise up to the ways of wolves, he checks out a volume from the West Bucks Public Burrowing Library and we have the pleasure of knowing what he knows, page by page. But is he aware that a real wolf is just footsteps away, or will he find out too late? Don’t worry, there is an alternative vegetarian ending for sensitive readers, and the author assures us: no rabbits were eaten during the making of this book. Droll and subversive and with all sorts of clever items mixed into the collage illustrations (please mind rabbit’s overdue notice on the last page), this artful look at the importance of the power of information will arch an eyebrow. (6 and up)
Also of interest:
WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD BOOK? by Lauren Child (Hyperion)Wild and wonderful fantasy of a boy who bests the big bad wolves when they escape their storybook bindings. (7 and up)
WOLF! by Becky Bloom, illustrated by Pascal Biet (Scholastic) A wolf learns the hard way from a unruffled and literate barnyard that there's more to reading than sounding out the words. As a teacher, this is pretty much my favorite picture book. (5 and up)
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