When a Wolf is Hungry – Christine Naumann-Villemin and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

  When a Wolf is Hungry – Christine Naumann-Villemin and illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, (9780802854827), c2011, 2017

Format: Hardcover Picture book

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

What did you like about the book? A hungry wolf sets out to find his dinner. He wants a rabbit but “Not just any ordinary cottontail, though. What he craved was a grain-fed, silky-haired rabbit, one with just a hint of sweetness.” So he hops on his bike and heads for the city. He finds an apartment building and checks the buzzers delighted to find “Max Omatose, miniature rabbit” living on the 5th floor. Delighted he gets in the elevator, but accidentally leaves his knife there – which a turkey finds in delight needing it to cut a cake. The wolf rushes back home and grabs a chainsaw – which a bear very much needs to borrow – and so it goes, the wolf bringing rope, a pot and a grill. A nice conclusion to the story makes everyone happy – even the wolf. This is a French import with striking, original illustrations that feed the imagination.

Anything you did not like about this book? An illustration of the hungry wolf brandishing a knife on the first page might prove scary to some children.

To whom would you recommend this book? For those who enjoyed The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner where the tables are turned on the hungry wolf – or fox.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/2/2017

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