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In a mostly abandoned city, Ben lives in a musty basement room, terrified of the "woolvs" that dwell in the shadows outside, with only an upstairs neighbor, Mrs. Radinski, to help him cope with his fears....

Title : Woolvs in the Sitee
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ISBN : 9781590785003
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Woolvs in the Sitee Reviews

  • karen
    2019-01-19 10:06

    when i was volunteering at the library, i was about to shelve this book, but something about the cover intrigued me, and made me flip through it idly. and that's when i came across a familiar face!! the rest of the book looked pretty cool, so i ordered it into my store and bought myself a copy, and now i can hang out with miriam anytime i want!! i may have missed out on the goodreads.com san francisco gathering, but nothing can stop me from having my own, sad imaginary party here at home:THIS IS A PICTURE OF ME AND THE BOOK CONTAINING MIRIAM'S AVATAR, AS THOUGH WE ARE BEST FRIENDS HANGING OUT IN MY APARTMENT.this book is totally haunting. it is not a typical cut-and-dried children's book; there is no moral, there is no happy ending. i'm not even sure if there is a story here. this is more like a fragment of a larger, unwritten piece that spooks you a little and gives you skull-echoes, and a desire to look over your shoulder. the whole thing is more of a tone-story, with ambiguous happenings and contradicting viewpoints. is it a true apocalypse story?? is the narrator mad?? some things point towards one interpretation, some to t'other. for a picture book with relatively few words, it could potentially lead to hours of discussion.and once i realized it was the same woman who had given the world Fox, it all clicked. the madness!! this woman is awesome! and i know our dear miriam has read a bunch of her other books, and this inspires me to get to the bottom of what makes her (margaret wild) tick, and why she creates such fantastically dark and disorienting children's books. WHAT IS SHE PLANNING??i love this book.it makes my brain itch.watch out for woolvs.

  • Miriam
    2018-12-24 03:41

    [Edit: if you can't find the book, there is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A-dG...]Ben, the protagonist of this post-apocalyptic picture book, hides from the shadowy wolves in a basement room, burning furniture for warmth and begging the old lady upstairs for water. There is some suggestion, based on Missus Radinski's claims that there are no wolves and Ben should go back to school or get a hobby, that perhaps the little boy is suffering from some mental illness rather than the collapse of civilization. On the other hand, she doesn't seem to see a problem in him living alone in a basement. And eventually she disappears. Is she the one living in a fantasy world? The red skies and broken black buildings certainly look like the products of a real catastrophe. Unless they are in Ben's head and we're seeing from his point of view...?I think I incline towards seeing the devastation as real rather than imaginary because the book reminded me of Russell Hoban's post-apocalyptic novel, Riddley Walker. This has an urban setting rather than a rural one, but I can easily see this as in a continuum with Hoban's work, as if this was the immediate fall-out (Ben recalls blues skies and his family) while Riddley Walker occurs centuries later. In Ben's scrawled narrative we see the decline in spelling and grammar, the made-up vocabulary of a boy who heard words that he didn't understand precisely. In both books the altered language seems very natural. The art is dark and effective, mirroring and sometimes interacting with the text.

  • Mischenko
    2019-01-19 04:56

    To see this review and others please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comI may be a little obsessed with Margaret Wild books here lately. I picked up another one the other day due to it's interesting title which is misspelled along with an eerie looking cover. After starting the story I realized that many of the words are misspelled in the book which really adds to the darkness.The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and a boy named Ben is stuck in a house with barely any food or water. He's scared of the outside world and believes that there are Woolvs waiting outside to get him."And soon they will Kum. They will Kum for me and for yooand for yor bruthers and sisters.yor muthers and fathers. yor arnts and unkils.yor grandfathers and grandmuthers.No won is spared."He lives in an apartment building with an elderly woman named Mrs. Radinski and once saved by her, he now must return the favor and conquer his fears by leaving the building in which he resides to locate her.The misspelled and sketched words along with the black and watercolor illustrations add to the dismalness of the story.Once again, Margaret Wild never ceases to amaze me with her powerful writing. The message this book sends is to be brave and overcome your fears. Never be afraid and take control of your life. This book is best suited for older children 6 grade and up. It's content is too difficult for younger readers.5*****

  • Mariah
    2019-01-06 08:54

    This was an extremely unique book! I read it to my class and they enjoyed it. However, it was hard to read because so many of the words are spelled incorrectly (on purpose).

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-12-25 10:46

    This is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read. It’s children’s (children’s?!) picture book. It seems to be a horror book. I think it’s about external horrors, but I kept thinking of agoraphobia and other mental illnesses, and of growing up in a less than ideal situation, and not knowing what was going on is part of its technique, I think.Anyway, it was chilling. It would have terrified me had I read this while a child or teen, especially the years when I was living alone, especially the relatively short period when I was in some actual danger. Danger permeates everything about this book and Ben’s narration.Because of the misspellings and dark content (it’s dark no matter how it’s interpreted) I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone under nine and only those who don’t get easily frightened by books’ contents.The art is eerily effective in helping make this book as scary and puzzling as it is. The art is superb as far as it matching the book’s text. Wow!In a way I hated this book, but it’s so unique and I had such a visceral reaction while reading that I have to say I really liked it. Contemplating what Ben is really facing is compelling. And, it’s unlike any other books, especially any short picture books, I’ve ever read.Completely weird!!! And very hard to rate! I have no desire to reread it, but I’d like to discuss it with other readers.

  • Kewpie
    2019-01-01 05:52

    I am going to have to re-read this. Until I read other reviews, I thought the book was "Wolves in the Settee" So I thought the boy writing it was schizophrenic and thought wolves were living in his furniture. It's a totally different story when you think the whole thing is taking place in the dark and twisted imagination of a mentally disturbed person. I'm so embarassed. I had no idea that Sitee was "City" and now it makes MUCH more sense.

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-01-23 11:50

    Short graphic novel set in a post-apocalyptic world which has been taken over by woolvs. A young man tells about his fears and how he survives. His only friend is his upstairs neighbor who doesn't believe him about the woolvs until she runs afoul of them and disappears. The colors are dark and the spelling is creative in this story.

  • C-rich
    2019-01-05 11:44

    The talented team of Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas has produced a remarkable picture book that beautifully balances those ubiquitous reviewers’ words, “compelling” and “challenging.” Woolvs in the Sitee, 2007 winner of the Aurealis Award and a CBC Honour Book, is so original and unusual that the publishers have posted a special teaching guide on the book’s website page. But don’t be deterred by classification-slipping noises; Woolvs offers rich rewards for the visually and metaphorically literate young reader.Wild’s wild spelling is the first clue that something’s amiss in the world of the first-person narrator, Ben, and from the dramatic red and black cover onwards, Spudvilas’ charcoal and colored ink artwork invigorates and propels the story forward in a kind of counterpoint to the text. The colors, calligraphy and dramatic perspectives, along with brilliantly distinctive spelling and inventive vocabulary, suggest that Wild and Spudvilas could hold their own in any midnight graffiti crew. It’s not clear what exactly is wrong in Ben’s dystopian world; readers can project holocaust or schizophrenia equally well, but whatever the source, Ben is paralyzed by fear, huddled in a basement room, his only contact with the outside world a neighbor who checks in periodically. “Missus Radinski’s veree kind, but she won’t lissen abowt the woolvs... She thinks I’m torking abouwt those luvlee wyld creechis…” Missus Radinski rescues a terrified Ben when, excited by a newly-painted blue wall glimpsed from his room, he once ventures outside, expecting sunshine and safety. Later, she doesn’t appear for three days, doesn’t even answer Ben’s knocks at her door, and he finds the courage to go looking for her. “My hart is jakhammering, but I will no longer let the woolvs forse me to scrootch. I will no longer let them stop me from making the streets my rivers and the parks my vallees.” Ben looks up at readers, Spudvilas’ rough brushstrokes capturing his vulnerability and resolve as he departs, and invites us, “Joyn me.”Only for well-established writers and illustrators like Wild and Spudvilas do publishers risk such nervy work. For the emerging adolescent who is realizing that life is not just what it appears to be, Woolvs in the Sitee will be embraced as a book that respectfully articulates the dark passages in one boy’s journey of emerging selfhood.[This review originally appeared at www.papertigers.org.

  • Andrea
    2019-01-15 11:55

    Written by one of Australia's leading picture book writers, Margaret Wild, Woolvs in the Sitee is a dystopian picture book about a boy named Ben who shares his story of living in a dark, frightening world where his only help comes from a neighbor, Mrs. Radinski. The book is written from Ben's point of view, with words written out phonetically, and he shares his immense fear of wolves and his dream of seeing a real blue summer sky. The text is formatted in a frantic manner, and the pictures are almost scribbled on the page--like it's a page out of Ben's diary and he's writing quickly to get his thoughts on paper before someone or something finds him.While this book was nothing like I've ever read before and its visuals were unique, I didn't find that I could connect with Ben or his story. If a teacher were to use this, I would recommend middle school students or older. The tone of the piece from the colors, scribbled pictures, and language, might be difficult or frightening for younger students.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-01-04 05:02

    A very strange book! It seems to take place in an apocalyptic world, possibly an environmental catastrophe (his longing for blue sky), in a sparsely populated city. Given his poor spelling, one can judge that civilization broke down a number of years ago, before he had had enough schooling to learn how to spell properly. The nature of the "woolvs" is never made clear, though the boy's fear of them is palpable. The illustrations, largely in black, gray, and red, added to the sense of doom and fear. This story would make a good jumping-off point for discussion or for a creative writing prequel (how did he get to this point?).

  • Laura
    2018-12-24 09:52

    The illustrations are raw and interesting; the cover is striking. The spelling is a challenge: on one hand, I appreciated the way it portrayed the world the boy lived in; yet, on the other hand, I can't stand intentional misspelling like that. Overall, a cool read. But I don't think it'll appeal to its target audience. It's in picture book format, but the subject matter makes it apppropriate for 6th grade and up. But I don't know how many teens will be drawn to the book, given the format that is suited for a younger audience. Very puzzling.

  • Dale
    2019-01-04 03:58

    Oh my. Dark. Twisted. LOVE IT. Actually, I hated it. But I hated it so much that I love it. What an interesting, thought provoking book. So much potential for discussion. And the spelling!

  • Terezie
    2019-01-15 05:47

    'Woolvs in the Sitee' is not a children's picture book but rather a graphic short story, more suitable for older teens. The story and the ideas underlying it make it a challenging book. From the beginning, the reader knows that something is wrong. The rough wolf image and the strong, graffiti-like writing act like a warning. The central character, Ben, has withdrawn from the world; he is alienated and full of fears. He is terrified of the 'woolvs' but determined to find his neighbour. To do so, he needs to be strong and find the courage to overcome his fear of going out. This would be a great book to study at school even though the subject matter is dark. So many teens nowadays struggle with fear and depression. This book addresses fear and has a positive message.

  • Emily
    2019-01-19 05:42

    I want to read it

  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    2018-12-29 09:06

    Wow, that was something. Bit creepy, definitely unsettling, unlike any picture book I’ve read before.

  • Leslie
    2018-12-27 06:01

    As I was browsing the Teen Graphic Novel section (the only place graphic novels aren’t dispersed into the stacks) Margaret Wild & Anne Spudvilas’ picture book caught my eye. Woolvs in the Sittee‘s cover is intriguingly creepy; and my mind went immediately to Dave McKean. The jacket copy drew me in deeper, though afterward I found it forgivably misleading for the most part.What is actually going on in Woolvs in the Sitee is not transparent. In a way, the paranoia of the protagonist Ben could have sketched the hostile environment, imagined these Woolvs that “spare no won.” Ben’s only neighbor Mussus Radinski thinks he should get out more, go to school. But as Ben observes, even Radinski “stares up at the sky wen she goes serching for water with her littil buket. She offen trips. Grazes an elbow. a nee. I don’t blame her for not looking down.” Maybe it is Missus Ridinski who is “scrooching down” into her delusions.After Ben is lured outside and into a harrowing moment, there is little doubt on anyone’s part that the Woolvs are real; though who they are is another matter. And what they’ve done, still another.The situation is creepy, and the font, the phonetic spelling by the narrator Ben, the charcoal (slashing in the background, fluid and real with the characters), the colors used and how applied, the perspectives in the composition of each illustration… Wild and Spudvilas truly capture the atmospheric and set the reader on an edge.“Spudvilas’s rough charcoal sketches of deserted streets and vacant interiors slash the full-bleed spreads, and watercolor washes of sour yellow, blood red and toxic green imply apocalypse.”~Publisher’s Weekly.It is unclear what created the situation, or how it is resolved. Woolvs only tells the story of one lone boy hiding, keeping occasional company with his older, maternal neighbor, who is eventually forced to confront his situation in a new way after she disappears. Will he continue to remain “scrooched up in won room in a mustte basement, hevy kertins akross the window?” Or will he go out and reclaim the “streets as his rivers and the parks as his vallees?” And ultimately, will he go it alone?–which is an unanticipated ending, an ending in which you realize just how far the narrator and his creators wish to draw the Reader into their world. The “yoo” Ben is addressing is a device the writer is taking seriously. This world Ben lives in isn’t just happening to him. The Woolvs may in fact kum for yoo, as he warns, for yoo and “yor bruthers and sisters, yor muthers and fathers, yor arnts and unkils, yor grandfathers and grandmuthers. No won is spared.”Whether the story will find success with the Reader is left to the Reader. The ending was strange and somewhat abrupt, certainly more open-ended than I expected. Publisher’s Weekly observes: Woolves in the Sitee ”reads more as a prequel to a thriller than as a tale in its own right.” Is this where the “challenging” part of the jacket copy’s assertion comes in? What does the unsettling aspects of the story provoke–to include ending it as it does?I can say it is well-rendered, and it’s a nice creepy little read. And it may be a delicious little writing prompt; may be you decide to “joyn” Ben; may be you’ve a beginning of your own.L @ omphaloskepsishttp://contemplatrix.wordpress.com/20...

  • Dione Basseri
    2019-01-02 07:51

    Woah. Intense. First of all, this is not a picture book for little kids. At least, not for them to read on their own. This could cause some serious nightmares, or at least some serious questions about how safe they are in the world.The story is set in an unknown 20th or 21st century city. A teen boy, Ben, won't leave his home, because he knows the woolvs are waiting for him. The entire story is told with fine grammar, but atrocious spelling, but the spelling makes sense. If you are trapped inside your home during your developmental years, out of contact with most of humanity, niceties like "spelling" are probably nto high on your priorities.Ben's neighbor, Mrs. Radinski, makes occasional forays for water, but even she is wary of the outside. And then she disappears. The book ends on a not necessarily uplifting note, but a foreward-moving one. Ben leaves his home to find Mrs. Ridinski. Will he? Or will he be caught by the woolvs?I've seen speculation that the sitee is actually in Nazi Germany, and there's certainly some evidence to support that, but it's never made so overt that this could only be about the Nazis. It could just as well be set in the bombing of Afghanistan, or in some future post-apocalyptic world. Wit how vague things are, I think this could be a great book to use in a high school English lit class, to teach students how to make an argument about a text.Avoid this for general storytimes, for sure. This book is meant for a more introspective session. Be ready to talk things through, and certainly don't ever try this as a bedtime story for your kid.

  • Kate Winkler
    2019-01-14 06:49

    Woolvs in the Sitee by Margaret Wild and Anne Spudvilas was an unusual book that challenged my thoughts. The book is about a boy named Ben who has a fear of the “woolvs”. It is not clear what the “woolvs” are representing, but it is apparent that Ben has a big fear. Ben ventures outside of his building one day to find the blue sky but gets haunted by the “woolvs”. His neighbor Missus Radinski rescues him and brings him back inside. Missus Radinski does not believe in the “woolvs” and soon it is too late for her. This book made me think that Ben had some type of schizophrenia. I pictured this causing his fear. After researching the meaning and reviews of this book I found that it can be interpreted in many ways. Whether it is hinting at a disorder, homelessness or some type of holocaust, the fear is the underlying message.The spelling made me have to read slower in order to comprehend and this challenged me. I did not think this book was terrible, but at the same time I did not find it enjoyable. The book is different and gave me a good understanding of a picture book. The pictures were dark and dramatic. It put me in an eerie mood while reading the text which is spelled phonetically. From researching the authors, I found that Margaret Wild is an Australian author who is known for exploring a diverse range of themes such as issues of identity, trust, and death. Anne Spudvilas is also from Australia who is a well known artist and illustrator.

  • Kali
    2019-01-14 11:10

    Dystopias come in all forms, even picture books. But Woolvs in the Sitee is not for little children. Told by a lonely, scared boy, this dark story features text scrawled in graffiti-like writing across the page, with words misspelled and misshapen to heighten the sense of atmospheric ruin conveyed by the bleakly elegant illustrations. Ben, a young boy who has lost his family and spends his days hiding in a dank basement, tells readers that there are “woolvs in the sitee,” but these are not forest animals, oh no, these are “shadows prowling,” hateful and dangerous beings who “will kum for me and for yoo.” Ben’s only ally is his upstairs neighbor Mrs. Radinski, who offers food and water and comfort. One night, Ben is lured outdoors by a clean blue sky (the seasons are otherwise “topsee turvee,” hinting at some devastating apocalyptic disaster). The blue sky turns out to be merely a painted wall, but Mrs. Radinski braves the dangers of the street to bring Ben home to safety. And when Mrs. Radinski disappears, Ben must decide whether or not to risk all his fears and the horrors of the city to return the favor. Australian author and illustrator team Margaret Wild and Ann Spudvilas collaborated on a gripping book with haunting, mature themes, despite its slim size. The straight-forward, disturbing lines build on the images of rusty oranges streetlights, buildings that drip with streaks of black and gray, and scratchy charcoal figures in deep shadows. A simple but deeply evocative dystopian vision, Woolvs in the Sitee should not be overlooked.

  • Kate
    2019-01-16 12:10

    Well, this book is quite a different one, let’s start with that. It’s a picture book, but not like your average No, David or Bark, George. No no no. This is one for a mature audience, around 12 or older, and it is dark. Very dark. The book centers on Ben, a young boy all alone in a bleak and terrifying world. He spends his days and nights hiding in a basement only looking out at what’s left of his former city. His only companion is his neighbor, Mrs. Radinski, who takes as good of care of him as she can. Ben warns Mrs. Radinski about the “woolvs” that haunt the city, but she doesn’t believe him. Until it is (possibly) too late for her.The entire book is written in misspelled English which is apparently Ben’s own writing (it looks like he may be writing this account on his walls or some scrap paper). In some parts I really had to sit and look and sound out the word to figure out what he meant, like “fernicha.” But I do think Wild did an excellent job phonetically spelling words the way a barely educated young boy would. To be honest, this wasn’t my favorite book of recent memory. But to be more honest, I don’t gravitate toward dark books in general. I will say the artwork captures the fear and darkness of Ben’s world and really gives the book a “mood.” I appreciated the idea of the book, and I think it can give young readers something to think about with our own world and the politics and dangers around us. Taken from my blog: libchickreads.wordpress.com

  • James Grouse
    2019-01-09 07:00

    This is an intense picture book with themes and issues relating to all ages. We are studying this picture book and its literary devices in the upper primary stage. This is a story written by Australian author Margaret Wild and illustrated by Anne Spudvilas - it is set in World War 2 when ghettos were established and there was a constant threat that the Germans (the wolves) were watching and waiting to take the Jews away. There are clues given throughout the book that point to this setting - the barbwire fencing, the apartments with no water or power, the name Radinski, even the reference to the painted wall of blue sky that tricks the boy out of hiding.The boy (Ben) has been separated from his family and is hiding in a basement of types, underneath a Mrs Radinski who gives him water and looks after him (covering him in a blanket and taking him back to the apartment). She is one day taken herself. Unfortunately some of the other reviewers have missed the many issues embedded within this text completely - the text is large but grossly mispelt because Ben has had only a small amount of education or not at all. It is not that way to target younger readers. The visual literacy within this book is stunning, with the use of dark colours and mix of sketch and watercolour stain commanding 110% attention of the reader.I highly recommend this picture book to both mature children and adults alike.

  • Derek
    2019-01-07 10:00

    Woolvs in the Sitee was a very unusual book. I thought that after the first few pages the book might explain itself but it never did so I was confused through out it. Ben is the main character in the book and he is terrified of the "woolvs" but the author never tells you what the "woolvs" are. The author not telling the reader what the "woolvs" are kind of intrigued me because you can use your imagination and make out the "woolvs" to be anything that you want them to be. I really disliked that everything was spelled phonemically because I would find myself having read an entire page but been so focused on the words that I had no idea what I read and would have to re-read the page. I thought that maybe Ben was having a nightmare and he didn't even know what was going on. When Ben thinks that he see's the sky and it turns out to just be a blue wall it reminded of a dream when you think you know what something is and then all of the sudden it is something completely different. Since the reader is never told what the "woolvs" are maybe Ben doesn't even know he's just terrified of them. The pictures in the book also made me think that maybe it was a dream, they were dark and kind of blurry which may have been symbolizing that it was a nightmare.

  • Mark
    2019-01-16 10:00

    I picked this book up at a children's book review that my school holds twice a year. I started reading and was wondering why I lost my inability to understand the words. Had I developed dyslexia in the past five minutes? Nope. As you may have noticed the book is titles "Woolvs in the Sitee" which with correct spelling is Wolves in the City. Once i realized that I did know how to read and that the words were written as if by the main character; I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are very dark and mostly charcoal sketches. The story is about a young boy who wants his city to be a safe place to live again. The story is dark just like the illustrations. If you want a childrens book for you loved one and hope that they will learn to read and spell don't give them Woolvs in the Sitee. If you want to read a story of bravery and courage in a dark scary city; read this.

  • K8
    2019-01-19 11:54

    Wow - It's frightening, disturbing, dark, and amazing! A dystopian look at a post-apocalyptic world, this amazing picture book from this Australian author and illustrator evokes the desperation and fear of Ben, the narrator of the text.From the first page of text: There are woolvs in the sitee. Oh, yes! In the streets. In the parks. In the allees. In shops. in rustee playgrounds. in howses rite next dor. And they will kum. they will kum for me and for yoo and for yor bruthers and sisters, yor muthers and fathers. yor arnts and unkils. yor grandfathers and grandmuthers. No won is spared. The phonetic spelling could make this difficult for younger readers. However, I think that the beautiful and disturbing ambiguity in both the text and the illustrations could lead to some amazing conversations about the book.

  • Abby
    2019-01-09 10:01

    This is a singular book. In the library, it is located with the children's illustrated books, but I am not sure that it belongs there. I think that this would be a very difficult book for the children usually targeted by picture books. For one thing, many of the words are spelled phonetically, which would be confusing for someone still learning to read. Also, the story has a post-apocalyptic setting, and the artwork is moody and eerie. It's sort of scary, and it never answers any of the questions that it raises. What (or who) are the woolvs? What happened to his neighbor? Why is he all alone?It is a fascinating book, both in word and image.

  • Scott Moore
    2018-12-27 06:52

    A totally bizarre dystopian short story with vivid illustrations. The narrator writes phonetically - for example "Erly won morning, wen I'm squinching owt the window,I sees a bloo sky!". I enjoyed its subtext of apocalypse and conspiracy (the narrator, Ben, insists that there are "woolvs" taking over the "sitee" and that they will come for everyone and spare no one - but nobody else will listen to him or believe him). Someone could probably write a dissertation about this kind of picture book (which is the kind of picture book I love), but I'm wondering how effective it would be in my classroom... Perhaps useful for a character study of the narrator.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-27 11:47

    This came in as a children's book - older kids picture book - almost abstract expressionist in style. It has its place in the library and on bookshelves but I'm not sure where. Set in a possibly post-apocalypic world, this is a child's view of living in fear with almost no human contact. There are many questions left unanswered, which is OK, but as to who should read it? I don't know. Maybe give this to lovers of Neil Gaiman and dark graphic novels although it's definitely short. Sci-fi? Worth reading but don't know its audience. There are lots of reviews on this site. Unfortunately, my library system cataloged this in the children's area instead of YA. It's definitely YA.

  • Michelle
    2018-12-28 07:08

    Not a children's picture book. It would make a great paired text with a distopian novel--another way to explore similar themes of abandonment of family or what "woolvs" students encounter in their lives now that rob them of family or food or growth opportunities. The illustrations are perfect for the story. Written phonetically, with few "correct" spellings, Wild adds to the disjointed feeling of the story. Ending with a question was another stroke of brilliance. This is not a book I would read to a child, especially at bedtime, but it is a nice way to introduce themes found in many distopian novels for young adults.

  • James Johnson
    2019-01-06 06:52

    This picture book is a a little bit dark, or spooky, in a child-friendly way. The story is told from the viewpoint of a child who is afraid of the "Woolvs" that roam the town as he hides in his room where it is safe. In the end, he has to muster the courage to save his neighbor and the moral of the story is to face your fears. I found the text a little hard to read because of intentional misspellings but that also adds a little depth to the boy character. The illustrations help paint the picture of fright from the boy and are well done.

  • Sharni Benson
    2018-12-24 04:55

    This was painful. It has many layers but you have to read it more than once to get it and I an't handle that. It's told by a boy who obviously is young or hasn't been to school in quite a while. It gives quite a bit of backstory and possibly shows a woolf in one of the pictures. It doesn't explain what they are or why they are there. Just that they are hateful and made everything dark and scary.There is no resolution. It ends with his going to look for the missing person but it involves the reader. The art is fantastic and there is a lot of emotion in it.