The Wolf Who Solved the Mystery of the Missing Mask by Orianne Lallemand, illustrated by Eleonore Thuillier

    The Wolf Who Solved the Mystery of the Missing Mask by Orianne Lallemand, illustrated by Eleonore Thuillier, Auzou, 9782733867402, 2019

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Adventure

What did you like about the book? Originally published in French, this picture book is a wonderful introduction to museums for young readers. The main character, Wolf, did not want to go to the museum with his friends. He soon discovers what a fun place it can be. He is introduced to artwork, natural history, and a side of mystery when a priceless mask goes missing. Bright illustrations with cartoonish characters are a great draw for curious eyes. The illustrator replaces famous paintings (ex. the Mona Lisa) with wolf characters to fit into the animal narrative of the book. Artist names are changed to names like Leonardo da Wolfinci or Wolfmeer. This book is a fun, friendly glance into famous artwork, extinct animals (the dodo bird, dinosaurs), and the general atmosphere of a museum.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I always like further information in the back of artists and perhaps the original works of art. This book does not have that, but educators can use this as a “kid-friendly” introduction and then use a book or internet to show the famous pieces of art.

To whom would you recommend this book? Early elementary education classrooms for art appreciation. A great introduction to museums before a field trip. Would work nicely along James Mayhew’s Katie series, or You Can’t Take a Balloon into… series by  Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA

Date of review: 12/11/19

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