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WOLVES What do wolves really like to eat? It isn't little girls in red hoods.

Rabbits shouldn't believe what they read in fairy tales, but this book has the facts. (This book follows the National Carroticulum.)
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published August 1st 2005)
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Unfortunately, I had a very strong negative reaction to this book. I wanted to like it for being interesting and engaging and... fun. I think it is supposed to be fun. We are supposed to chuckle and appreciate. Instead, I was saddened and angered.

Here is the story of a cute little rabbit who decides to read a book about wolves. As he reads through the pages, we turn the pages, and see him caught up in wolf fur (as we learn about wolf fur), surrounded by wolf legs and claws (when we learn about...more

I have read many creepy children’s books over time (Spider and the Fly and Boris and Bella being some of my most favorite dark and creepy children’s books), but after I heard about the infamous ending of Emily Gravett’s Kate Greenway Medal Award winning children’s book “Wolves,” I just had to check this book out!

The book basically starts off with a rabbit going to the library and checking out a book that is about wolves. Throughout the book, the rabbit reads about a wolf’s natural habitat and th...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Wow. Amazing design & concept. Suspenseful and deliciously terrifying. *Not* for those who still sleep with cuddly bunnies. And not for those of us who take the characters seriously - after all, I hope we all know by now that wolves aren't evil and bunnies aren't adorable, but that all have their place in nature's scheme. This book is metaphor - so don't share it with your little ones until they are capable of grasping that.
Dirk Grobbelaar
Um. I'm not sure whether this little book is supposed to teach kids about wolves or scare the living daylights out of them. These are some pretty creepy wolves. If I'd read this as a kid I would still be sleeping with the lights on...
Most people don’t think of the library as a dangerous place, but in Wolves, Emily Gravett shows that you can never tell what lurks within the pages of a book. Uncluttered pages illustrate an unwary rabbit who is so absorbed in his new library book, a nonfiction book about wolves, he absentmindedly walks into some real trouble. Those readers needing reassurance can take comfort in the author’s promise that “no rabbits were eaten in the making of this book”.

Wolves is really a “sophisticated” pict...more
My niece liked this book.

She can be so hard to figure out.

We've read a number of "darker" books. Generally, I find that the more comically they're illustrated and written, the more she'll enjoy them. The ones written in a more serious and realistic fashion tend to upset her and scare her.

So when she picked this one out at the library, I was dubious. Still, it's a short book, we could easily put it down.

Rabbit takes a book out at the library on wolves. He's so absorbed in the facts (which we read...more
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Jay Sensi
Wolves by Emily Gravett is a true masterpiece which I believe holds value across the key stages within a school.

The story is about a rabbit that takes a book out of the library titled ‘Wolves’. Inside there are lots of non-fiction facts about wolves and each page is a fascinating journey of its own. The rabbit can be seen reading the book whilst at the back the wolf is being pictured in various situations. Eventually the rabbit is supposedly gobbled up by the wolf however an alternative ending...more
Oct 20, 2008 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2008, childrens, library
A short, creative story that involves a little bunny doing some research on the title topic. The mixed media illustrations and simple, engaging narrative is fun to read aloud. We enjoyed reading this story together.

Apr 2012 update: One of our oldest daughter's classmates read this book aloud to a group of us during 'partner-read' time in her third grade class. Our group was a bit large, but the story is short and we thought it was fun to read together.
Why did I wait so many years to read this gem?
u1124876 UEL
I bought this book as it had won the Kate Greenaway Medal and had also won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Bronze Award in 2005. Although I liked the story I was not as keen on the illustrations funnily enough but I feel the acclaim the book received dilutes any comments I have about it.

In the book the wolf is sketched and although the book has some mixed media pull outs I really found the illustration were lacking for me. I compare it to illustrations that I love such as Caroline Binch's illus...more
Jon Saunders
A book within a book Wolves see's Rabbit get a book from the library about wolves which gets all too real when the rabbit meets a tragic end (Unless you follow the alternative ending, then not so tragic).

This is a brave and inventive book. The mixed media approach and scrapbook style layout of the illustrations makes it highly stylised, and I worry a little that the layout of the book is aimed at an older audience than the story, which itself contains some subtle and sly humour. That said it is...more
Michelle Pegram
This book, playful and witty on the surface, tells the story of a rabbit reading a book about wolves. As he reads, he walks through illustrations of wolves ultimately walking closer and closer to the wolf's open mouth. It doesn't end well...unless you opt for the alternative happy ending.

Somewhat controversial for the stereotypical portrayal of the big bad wolf, this book presents so many options for teachers. The illustrations give dimension and create the feeling that characters and elements...more

With multiple illustration styles merging and blending, a rabbit’s reading of a book about wolves expands into a full-fledged pencil-on-sloppy-paint meal in this book within a book. The positioning of Rabbit's long, thin ears as he walks through the book while reading his library book match his enthusiasm, curling with inquisitive learning and naive innocence... and finally, sudden, stiff alarm.
Brad Boyd
Wolves, by Emily Gravett, is a picture book published in 2005 and presented with a portrait layout. With that being said, every illustrations covers both pages, so although the book has a portrait orientation, it has more of a landscape feel to it. The story has an interesting dynamic to it, in that the reader is reading a book about a rabbit reading a book about wolves. Most of the text is placed within the book that the rabbit is reading. But, at times, it's hard to separate what the reader is...more
Very clever if somewhat horrific art at the end (the torn and dampened end cover pages are a bit too violent for my taste). It might well appeal to an older child and the violence is not at all as bad as the three little pigs boiling the wolf, or Hansel and Gretel shoving the witch into the oven, kidlit historically loves its gore and darkness. I just don't need such a visual. As a big pro-wolf person and one who wishes they received better press so people would stop shooting at them from helico...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is another one of those stories where characters in a book come to life and interact with another character reading the book, as in David Wiesner's The Three Pigs. In this case, a rabbit checks out a book on wolves from the library and begins to read it as he walks home. He's so absorbed in the book that he doesn't notice that the wolves he's reading about are slowly creeping out of the book and coming to life around him. That bunny should have picked a book on rabbits or mice or ladybugs--...more
Not my favorite of Gravett's, but still funny. It's a funny that I can't help smiling even though I'm trying to hide it because I don't think I should be laughing. Oh well! Definitely not for the preschool group. School-age may enjoy, though in a storytime setting I don't know if they would catch everything from the illustrations. They would probably enjoy a read-alone. A lap-read might ruin the fun of figuring the book out for one's self. I liked the choice of an alternate ending--and the overd...more
We read two books tonight that featured wolves. The other was Bridget and the Gray Wolves. This was the better of the two books from both a narrative and illustrative standpoint.

I didn't mind the portrayal of wolves as long clawed, strong jawed, furry carnivores, because after all, that's what they are. The book really deals in facts--nothing was in here that a wolf would call inaccurate, it just wasn't a book that gave us a full view of a wolf and their place in the ecosystem. There are good n...more
A rabbit checks out a nonfiction book about wolves at the library. I love Gravett's artwork and the story is very well done. It's a wonderful example of how the reader must use information from the pictures AND text for the story to make sense. I also like the alternate ending that Gravett includes. It makes the book friendly even for younger elementary students.

I really want to use this book as a spring board with second grade to discuss fiction vs. nonfiction. Inspiration for next year?
Megan Sanchez
Disturbing and wonderful.

A book within a book, as a young rabbit goes to the library to research wolves. This book may be a little distressing to more sensitive readers. I loved the artwork, which was part of the story as much as the actual words.
Inspired Kathy
This book is really unique. Funnier the 2nd time you read it.
2/4/2007We like twisted tales, so this was a big hit all around. *** I love Gravett's books. Parents who read aloud to young children will get a huge kick out of this one, in which the young dragon keeps insisting on having a favorite book read "again." and the parent each time produces a quicker version of the text, with disastrous result. This is the sort of book that older children can love to pieces even though it's a picture book, because it has that knowing tone. With my kids, as they star...more
Winner of the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal, this is the story of a bunny who visits the library and checks out a book about...Wolves. He learns many interesting facts about wolves, such as how many there are in a wolf pack, where they can survive, how many teeth they have and what they like to eat. This is a book within a book. The illustrations are wonderful. It's as if the reader is reading the book along with the rabbit. The rabbit is walking with his nose buried in the book oblivious to his sur...more
An Abundance of Books
I love, love, LOVE this book. I love the illustrations! I love the story! It's FANTASTIC! But, it isn't your normal picture book. Factual information makes up the narrative while the illustrations tell another aspect of the story (a lot like Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersRosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins). I believe that the creativity and humor of Wolves will appeal to a wide range of readers. And, if you happen to be the parent of a picky reader who only likes non fiction books, this...more
Wolves by Emily Gravett reads like an informational text, but the details of the illustrations make it unique. The back cover has endorsements from fake publications such as The Daily Carrot and The Hareold. The front dust jacket flap lets the reader know that this book follows the National Carroticulum, as well. It shows a rabbit carrying a big stack of books with an oversized price tag attached. The end papers are a drawn version of the corkboard that appears on the double spread title page an...more
Megan Goss
First of all, I understand the humor in the story but I was very shocked to find out that at the end, the rabbit gets eaten! This is definitely a postmodern picturebook. It is ironic that the rabbit checks out a book about wolves from the library and becomes so involved in the book that he does not know he is walking up a wolf’s back, right onto his face. I enjoyed her illustrations of showing a book within a book. The viewer can see the images and words that the rabbit is reading while watching...more
Ying Lee
A rabbit checked out a book about wolves from the library. He was so absorbed in the book that he did not notice that what he read from the book about wolves was going to happen to him -- the furry tail of a wolf he was walking on, being surrounded by the flying fleas and ticks harbored in the wolf's fur, and being the meat that the wolf would relish. Fortunately, the wolf was a vegetarian that they shared a jam sandwich, becoming good friends. This book is a surprise to me. As we have known, on...more
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 11/13/11 -

I really like how this is packaged. Although I do have to say, when we first started reading I thought we wouldn't care for it too much. Neither of us like minimal text in a story so the first few pages here had us a little leery.
Honestly, what kept us going was curiosity and the illustrations. So, on we went and the packaging really started to appeal to both of us.
Julia thought it was hilarious that the bunny was reading about the wolves while walking home from th...more
Ever lost yourself in a good book? Gravett’s white rabbit has–he borrows a book about wolves from the West Bucks Public Burrowing Library and goes merrily (temporarily) along his way engrossed in its pages. Unlike Lewis Carroll’s white rabbit, Gravett’s white rabbit strolls home appearing to have all the time in the world and not a care in the world. It soon becomes apparent, though, that this carefree rabbit should have taken care to pay more attention to the words that he was reading.

As the ra...more
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Emily has finished her final year of an illustration degree at Brighton University.
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