Little Wolf’s First Howling – Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee


          Little Wolf’s First Howling – Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee, Candlewick Press,  (9780763689711), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Little Wolf sets out with his father for his first howling.  Father Wolf must first instruct him in the “proper howling form.”  Little Wolf, full of exuberance can’t help adding some improvisation to the traditional howl: “aaaa ooooooo dibbity dobbity skibbity skobbity skooo-woooooo-wooooooo.”  His father continues to demonstrate the correct and proper technique, but finally cannot help joining in the scat-like howling of his son.  A fun distinction is the father wolf’s howl appears in capital letters, (AAAAAOOOO) while Little Wolf’s are fittingly in lowercase.  The gouache illustrations are a perfect fit with this nighttime story.  A sweet story about a lovely father/son relationship that illustrates how each generation can learn from the other.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  A perfect read aloud for Father’s Day story times.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/22/17             

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