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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

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
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
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...
Jay Sensi
Mar 08, 2014 Jay Sensi rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 12, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
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
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Dec 15, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2008, 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.
Dec 03, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
Why did I wait so many years to read this gem?
u1124876 UEL
Sep 25, 2011 u1124876 UEL rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2015 Agapuci rated it it was amazing
The book is sooo cute! I love rabbits and mice, so when I see any of them in the books I am immediately moved. I like the concept of a rabbit which is reading a book about wolves, learning some practical knowledge and possessing realistic informatic about the lives of wolves. I also love the moment in which the rabbits finds out that wolves eat rabbits - the facial expression and the enlarged eyes of the rabbit produce a comic effect! :) I also like the modernistic literary device in which the ...more
Klaudia Maniakowska
Apr 14, 2015 Klaudia Maniakowska rated it it was amazing
I adore Emily Gravett’s humorous picture books. “Wolves” is beautifully illustrated and has a totally different story than most of the picture books I’ve read so far. This is the story of a rabbit who borrows a book about wolves from the library in order to get to know what wolves eat (surprisingly, they do not eat Little Red Riding Hood!). The more the rabbit immerses in the book, the bigger the wolf becomes. Although the storyline is very simple, it is also very funny, with a dash of drama ...more
Jon Saunders
Oct 04, 2011 Jon Saunders rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Michelle Pegram
Jun 09, 2014 Michelle Pegram rated it it was amazing
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
Brad Boyd
Mar 03, 2012 Brad Boyd rated it liked it
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
Sep 02, 2008 Susan rated it it was ok
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 ...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 ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Marta rated it it was amazing
What a delight! A true postmodern, fairy tale-style picture book for children and adults alike. The story-within-a-story narration is intriguing and induces the desire to explore the book even more. Apart from that fact that the rabbit and his gradual immersion in the story of the book he is reading is absolutely cute and charming, the visual style of the author is appealing and intriguing. Beware the wolves, but definitely find a moment to delve into this story! It is an innocuous commentary on ...more
Mar 20, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
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?

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.
Megan Sanchez
Dec 15, 2013 Megan Sanchez rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 15, 2013 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
This book is really unique. Funnier the 2nd time you read it.
May 15, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Fabulous illustrations, clever, fun, and just slightly disturbing!
Elizabeth Daly
Title: Wolves
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Genre: non-traditional picture book
Theme(s): animals, humor, books, letters, and fiction
Opening line/sentence: “Rabbit went to the library.”

Brief Book Summary: This book is about a rabbit that goes to the library and picks out a book about wolves. The book shares plenty of information about wolves and the rabbit becomes informed that wolves actually eat rabbits. Instead of the wolf eating the rabbit, Emily Gravett offers a sensitive alt
Alex Lehman
Dec 04, 2016 Alex Lehman rated it it was amazing
In "Wolves" by Emily Gravett a rabbit checks out a book from the library. It is called 'Wolves' and as the rabbit reads the book that includes facts about how wolfs live, eat, etc. The wolf comes out of the book and comes closer and closer to the rabbit that continues to get more and more scared as he reads. As the rabbit reads he walks along on what appears to be grass is actually wolf's fur. The reader realizes that this story is basically a book within a book. The book shows this by ...more
May 28, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok
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Dec 04, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
Cute, funny book with great illustrations - especially the wolf disguised as a clump of trees
Nikka Bacalzo
Sep 29, 2016 Nikka Bacalzo rated it liked it
Wolves by Emily Gravett follows the short story of Mr. G Rabbit who goes to the library and picks out a book about wolves. We learn facts about wolves such as where they live, what they like to do, and especially what they like to eat. As the rabbit learns more about the wolf, he becomes so immersed within the book that he doesn’t realize that it’s coming to life.

Gravett’s book epitomizes the definition of post-modern books with the plot perspective as well as the illustrations. From the beginn
May 25, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
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
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their ...more
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