Book review: Wolfy by Grégoire Solotareff

Solotareff, Grégoire. Wolfy. Gecko Press, 2018 (first published in French in 1989). Unpaged. $18.22. ISBN 9781776571567. Ages 5-9. P6Q6.

Tom the Rabbit has never seen a Wolf, and Wolfy has never seen a rabbit. After Wolfy’s uncle is killed in an accident, Tom helps Wolfy bury him, and then they become best friends. But when they play the game “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” Tom becomes afraid of Wolfy, who doesn’t understand his fear. Eventually Wolfy gets chased by big wolves who think he’s a rabbit, and then he understands what it’s like to be afraid. The illustrations are bold and colorful, but in places might be frightening for younger children. It feels a bit disjointed in terms of the storyline and emotional impact.

VERDICT: I found this book to be interesting, with a good message in the end, but a bit strange overall- it’s hard to know what the message is.

June 2018 review by Carol Schramm

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