This Is the Path the Wolf Took – Laura Farina, illustrated by Elina Ellis

  This Is the Path the Wolf Took – Laura Farina, illustrated by Elina Ellis, Kids Can Press, (9781525301537), 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A young boy named Gabe does not like scary stories, so when he “reads” aloud to his little sister he changes the tales.  He tells her,  “In my story, nothing bad happens.”  In Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf is about to enter Granny’s house when Sir Gabriel arrives with his sword and “…sent the wolf whimpering back into the woods.”  Sir Gabriel also scares off the wolf just as he is about to huff and puff in the story the Three Little Pigs.  His little sister insists that that is not what happens when Daddy and Mommy read the stories and tells Gabe that she doesn’t like his stories.  When she stomps off, Gabe realizes that his stories are rather boring.  So tells his sister a new story about Sir Gabriel and a wolf.  It has some very scary parts, but Sir Gabriel faces down the wolf and his own fears so that in the end there is a very happy ending.  The bright digitally created illustrations in a soft pastel palette are full of humor and expression.   The conversation between the siblings appears in word bubbles on different colors.  This is a sweet story about a brother wanting to protect a younger sibling from the scary bits.   

Anything you didn’t like about it?   No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a good choice for read aloud and will be enjoyed by children who like to make up their own stories.  

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: 12/17/2020        

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