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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,112 ratings  ·  229 reviews
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
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...
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
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
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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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?
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
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
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
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

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
This ironic story follows a rabbit, who has just checked out a book on wolves from the library. As the rabbit walks around town, he reads his new book. As he learns about his enemy, the rabbit remains unaware about the wolf that is stalking him with a fork and knife in hand. This rabbit is obviously not the brightest of the bunch, but he seems willing to learn.
This postmodern picture book takes the reader's feeling to heart, including a second ending for those animal-loving boys and girls. The
This book, clearly inspired by the classic Little Red Riding Hood, is not your average children’s book. It starts out with a rabbit going to the library to check out a book. He finds one about Wolves. As the rabbit is reading the book, we see the text and images and read along with the rabbit - like a book within a book. Before, you know it the rabbit is unknowingly walking right into the wolf's mouth. The author provides two alternative endings to this story - one for those daring children that ...more
Wolves by Emily Gravett was such a change of pace. This story was about a rabbit... reading a book... about wolves. Now, that sound rather normal for a children's book right? Wrong. This book's words WERE the rabbit's book's words. Confused? We, as the readers, were taken along on the journey of Rabbit reading a story about wolves. We read the pages that he read, felt the things that he felt, and when the book ended for him it ended for us! This was a unique perspective that I personally have ne ...more
Ben Clark
You know you're in for something different with "Wolves" as soon as you look at the front cover. It's a picture of a rabbit looking up at the title in bold black letters: "Wolves." Turning the page, the front cover tells us "This book follows the National Carroticulum"). The end papers contain an image of the book we're ostensibly reading, stamped with the words "West Bucks Public Burrowing Library" and now naming the author as Emily Grrrabbit.

"Wolves" tells the story of a white rabbit who goes
Sep 25, 2014 Macy added it
This book is a fun, hilarious read for all. Tells the story of a rabbit who decides to read a factual book on wolves only to find out his worst nightmare about what wolves tend to eat a lot of. The text of this book is simple, but definitely tells an interesting story and will captivate readers. At the end of the book the author addresses the readers and points out that no rabbits were eaten in the making of this book and also tells readers that she has made an alternative ending for readers. T ...more
This book was a very interesting one to read. It is about a rabbit who goes to the library and checks out a book. He picks the book about wolves and begins reading it. The story the rabbit is reading talks about characteristics of wolves including how they travel and their claws. As the rabbit is reading, he doesn't notice that some wolves are sneaking up on him! He ends up being eaten by them. However, the author wrote an alternate ending for the sensitive readers where the wolf was vegetarian ...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?
Kendal Dastrup
the book Wolves by Emily Gravett is a book about a book about wolves. the main character who is a rabbit looked at this book while in the library. this book had factual remarks about wolves and what they eat and where they live as well as entertaining yet slightly haunting illustrations. one fact that i thought was interesting is that wolves have 42 teeth... is that actually true? if so then its a fun addition and kind of a useless and silly fact to add into a childrens book.
in the end of the b
Jeff Fortney
As an introduction to the "postmodern picturebook" genre, I think Wolves by Emily Gravett was a great place to start. The dust jacket shows a rabbit looking up at the title with rabbit 'reviews' on the back. The actual cover turns out to be reflected in the book the rabbit has checked out from the library. The dust jacket also contains the quote that the book follows the National Carroticulum.
The book continues with interesting things like the check-out card from the West Bank Burrowing Library
Erick Escalera
Wolves takes the perspective of a rabbit who decides to check out the book "Wolves". The book that the rabbit picks up is the actual book that is being read. After rabbit decides to open the book is when the real story began. As the rabbit reads, wolves appear eyeing the rabbit as predators do. The rabbit continue to read and the wolves from the story become more and more real. Rabbit then reads what wolves eat and learns the hard way that rabbits are indeed on the wolves menu.

Gravett explore
Wolves- what do they eat? A curious young rabbit wonders to the library to check out a book, a book about wolves. And here are some facts "Grey wolves live in packes between 2 and 10, and they can survive almost anywhere" Rabbits nose is stuffed into the book, leraning fact after fact about marvolous wolves. While you the reader can see not only inside the book but follow rabbits tracks. His tracks right up a long, grey bushy tail, with 2 different endings that the author does tell. One ending f ...more
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Emily has finished her final year of an illustration degree at Brighton University.
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