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Wolf's Coming! by Joe Kulka
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Jun 06, 10

bookshelves: school-related-reading, picture-books, lsc530, library
Read on May 27, 2010

** spoiler alert ** In Joe Kulka's Wolf's Coming, a Wolf is arriving, and all of the animals are running away and hiding in a house. Only when Wolf arrives, he's surprised with a birthday party by all of his friends. Kulka expertly structures this book in order to create a feeling of foreboding and suspense. When the book begins, the left hand page features a large illustration of the animals reacting to the news of the Wolf, while the right-hand page is a solid color with the story's texts and small illustrations. As the Wolf get's closer, the colors on each page get darker and darker. When we switch to see the Wolf's journey, the art is presented in two page spreads with the text directly on top of the images. This successfully separates the Wolf's experience from the other animals. The twist in the end is well done, when it is revealed that the animals do not fear the Wolf, but were running away so they could hide in time to throw his surprise party. The colors immediately change to bright, friendly colors as everyone celebrates Wolf's birthday. The illustrations are bold and attention grabbing, the text occasionally breaking out into a more stylized font to effectively highlight important parts.
Recommended Grade Level- Pre-School
Notes- This book would lend itself well to a dramatic storytime
(This review was written as part of an assignment)
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