The Wolf Who Wanted to Be an Artist – Orianne Lallemand, illustrated by Elenore Thuillier

       The Wolf Who Wanted to Be an Artist – Orianne Lallemand, illustrated by Elenore Thuillier, Auzou, (9782733848227), 2017

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book? When Owl remarks that Wolf has “spoken like a true artist,” Wolf begins searching for his artistic talent. He tries painting, poetry, sculpting, stand-up comedy and acting, but no one seems to appreciate his artistic endeavors in those areas.  Finally, he realizes that he does have a talent for singing and decides to become a famous rock star.  His friends join him to form a band called The Rocking Wolves and are greeted with great success.  But Wolf, seeming to possess a very short attention span, decides to give up the stardom since “’It’s great being a star but I have way more interesting things to do, right here at home.’”  The brightly-colored digital illustrations pop off the pages and are full of humor and expression.  This is a fun read aloud that would be appreciated by anyone trying to find their own talents.  Readers will enjoy seeing Wolf’s many attempts to find his inner artist. This is a good tale about perseverance.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Feminists may be disappointed that in forming the band all the male characters shout out what they will play: “I’ll be the drummer!” “And I can play a great saxophone,”  “I can play the electric guitar!” “And I can write the songs.” Meanwhile the two female characters Wolfette and Miss Yeti ask, “What about us?” and get this answer:  “‘My darlings,’ crooned the Wolf. ‘You will be our backup singers.’”

To whom would you recommend this book?  This would be a good addition to stories about finding one’s self and perseverance.  

Who should buy this book?  Public 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: 7/29/17             

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