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Mr. Wolf's Class

(Mr. Wolf's Class #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,045 ratings  ·  181 reviews
Mr. Wolf has just started teaching at Hazelwood Elementary. He wants the first day of school to go well, but he's got his hands full with his new class. Some of his students include: Margot, who is new in town and is trying to make friends. Sampson, who brought something special to school for show-and-tell. Aziza, who just wants everyone to be quiet and do their work. And ...more
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Published June 26th 2018 by Scholastic/Graphix
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Billie
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely intended for grade school-age readers. My adult brain got very stuck on a carnivore being in charge of a classroom full of prey animals.
Ms. Yingling
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mr. Wolf is starting his first year of teaching fourth grade. He sets up his classroom and waits for his students to arrive. He is pleased with their behavior on the rug, but struggles a bit when he ventures out to the office. Another teacher steals his stapler, and he runs a bit late when he's having a doughnut in the teachers' lounge. After he picks up his class from the library, they go back to their room, but one student, Penny, is missing! Mr. Wolf sends a student t
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Francina Simone
Hahaha this was a delight quick read...I enjoyed the energy of this story, it was very real without need to teach any lessons, yet it taught a very big one—how important it is to acknowledge how individual we all are. (Also that teachers who steal staplers suck LOL)
Sheila
Reread #1
I enjoyed this A LOT, I changed my rating from 4 to 5 💖 such easy read, such wholesome and comfortable.

Such fun ride. Reminded me of my happy first grade year thousands of years ago........
Chance Lee
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-fic, graphic-novel
Adorable graphic novel about the first day of fourth grade and everyone is nervous -- even Mr. Wolf! Despite the characters being colorful cartoon animals, the book had a realistic feel to it. All the kids are unique and have their own struggles, their own hopes, their own goals. Mr. Wolf just wants to get through the day. The school has rats, etc. I really liked the part where another teacher steals Mr. Wolf's stapler. It felt like that was in there just to appeal to adult readers, and I apprec ...more
Mathew
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyable and a wonderful addition to the classroom too. Steinke has a very perceptive understanding of children and childhood as well as the life of an aspirational teacher. The rats are the cute 'out of the norm' addition and there is a light -heartedness to the story yet also some unshrinking truths too. I'll be interested to see how this develops. ...more
Steph
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't even really know how to rate this...

I love graphic novels, especially for our 2nd/3rd graders who want to read them by the dozens.

I love that this is a school story, and that the teacher is new just like the kids are.
I love the pieces of the story that REALLY happen every day; lost and found, etc.
I love that there's a little graphic of each student the night before school starts... what a fun thought. What is each student in the class doing right before school starts? So cute to think
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Parker J
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up at work because the kids were loving it and omg what a pleasant surprise. This was hilarious and delightful
Steph
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a great graphic novel about the first day of school. You meet a brilliant bunch of kids and their brand new teacher. This made me chortle and the teacher in me saw a lot of my teaching life in this. I think I’ll be hunting down the rest of the series now!
Kimberly
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner —— All opinions are my own.

My daughter is 7 and really got excited about reading graphic novels last year. It can be a little tough to find some age appropriate options to share with her and her friends. This would easily make the list. The story follows a classroom as they begin their first day of school. Mr. Wolf is even a new fourth grade teacher and experiencing his very first day as well. They encounter and deal with different personalities, new schedules, and even
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Noah
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
Mr. Wolf's Class by the awarded author, Aron Nels Steinke is beautiful. This is a story of the first day of school for some new and old 4th grade students and the new teacher Mr. Wolf. I love how all the students are different and have their own stories.
The pictures flow well with the plot and bring this novel together.
Throughout the story, adventure is seen but not as much as I expected and the way the classmates acted, it didn't feel like a 4th grade class. Although the lack of adventure and
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Stephen Connor
A charming graphic novel, with little in the way of challenging vocabulary, so would be good across KS2, but lots of points to discuss, such as friendship, differences, feelings and worries.

Mr Wolf’s first day teaching his class fills him with excitement, as the first panel shows him tidying his classroom and arranging it just so.

We are then introduced to his class, pictures sleeping (or trying to sleep) the night before school begins. This would be a great opportunity for a class to explore w
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Destinee Sutton
This has a comfortable sitcom feel. I could almost imagine that familiar studio audience laugh track after each punchline.

I liked how well it established the characters. By the end of the book, they felt familiar and I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Though all the characters are animals, some read as Muslim (Aziza wears a headscarf, another student is named Abdi).

Another thing I liked is that it was funny in a realistic, sweet sort of way. For example, one kid is t
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Mehsi
A pretty fun book about a class full of kids and their teacher Mr. Wolf. It is the first day for many and there is a lot of adjusting for the kids (and the teacher who at times has no idea what to do). I had quite a bit of laughs though I wasn't always a fan of the kids and how they acted. Who the hell thinks sleeping is a good idea? And that one boy to who Aziza said Boys are stupid should just understand that he had this coming for him with how he acted and how he didn't listen to Aziza tellin ...more
Kris
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Wolf's class is the perfect back-to-school comic for lower elementary classes (and everyone above!). Mr. Wolf thinks he has everything set for the first day but of course not everything is going to go entirely to plan in his classroom of animal characters. Bathroom delimas, hurt feelings, new friendships, lost students, palindrome conflicts and Venn diagram silliness will keep the reader laughing the whole way through. ...more
Beth
Fun book about the first day of class. There were a few too many characters so despite them all being different animals I still got a bit muddled on who was who. It was also the teacher's first day, so we got to see him being nervous and then patting himself on the back for being teacherly. ...more
Valerie
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was adorable! I'm currently stocking up on books for my classroom library and this is a MUST have! ...more
Joy
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jgraphic
Quick, fun graphic novel for kids that sparkles with authenticity.
DaNae
Nails life at an elementary school.
Hannah
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
good fart jokes
AMY
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 2-5
153 pages. This series is really funny and realistic. The illustrations are very good and colorful. Kids will enjoy this one. Highly recommended for Grades 2-5.
Kenya Starflight
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I get that this graphic novel is aimed at children. I get that I'm not its target audience. But I'm of the opinion that children are still capable of enjoying great art and good storytelling, and it's a disservice to assume that one can get away with bad art or writing simply because they're writing/drawing a children's story. So while "Mr. Wolf's Class" certainly has its endearing qualities, the lackluster storytelling and the bad artwork are inexcusable.

There isn't a story in this book so much
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Amanda
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I kept getting sidetracked from the storyline by the fact that no one was really freaking out that *rats!* were flipping running throughout the school and playing havoc and stealing children's lunches and just ... RATS! Yikes.

Also, the mum in me was freaking out that a teacher LOST A CHILD FOR A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE DAY, and wasn't more worried/didn't do MORE to FIND the child. Double Yikes! When my daughter was in Elementary School, one of her teachers accidentally left her on the playgr
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Mr. Wolf’s Class by Aron Nels Steinke, 153 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Graphix (Scholastic), 2018. $19.

BUYING ADVISORY: EL – ESSENTIAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

Mr. Wolf is excited for his first day as a fourth-grade teacher. He busily gets things ready, then falls asleep in his classroom while his seventeen students are mostly slumbering in their beds. There is one who is too nervous to sleep, and another whose noisy baby sibling is keeping her awake. One student is asleep in a car. This student, Margot, a
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Scott Robins
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-kids
Cute and lively graphic novel about the students and a new teacher on their first day of school. Lots of charming and authentic kid behaviour in this. The plot is pretty low stakes and the book seems intended for early chapter book age readers.
Barbara
It's a tough first day of school for Mr. Wolf as he sets up his classroom and tries to establish routines for his new students at Hazelwood Elementary. While he only has 17 youngsters in his class, they all bring different life experiences and needs with them, and as all teachers know, they have different abilities. Young readers--adults too!--will probably be able to recognize themselves and their behavior here and be able to point to the character with whom they most identify. My former school ...more
Bookphile
Relatively cute slice of life middle grade graphic novel with nicely detailed drawings. Story didn't grab me; I think too much was packed in. RTC

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There's a lot I admire in this work, and I wanted to give it a higher rating, but it just didn't grab me enough to justify more starts. It has a slice of life feel to it, which generally isn't my cup of tea, so I don't doubt that it will work much better for other readers. And because I do find many aspects of it admirable, I want to address
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Jonathan
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
There were more things about this book that made me shake my head than jump for joy. I can't say that there was really even much of a story to begin with and the fact that it is compeltly lacking a lesson or moral is a pretty big turn off, if you're going to read something it should either teach you something or be super entertaining. This book does neither.

Off-putting aspects of this book:

1) Characters are animals, yet rats are stealing their lunch. Like little tiny rats, yet at the same time
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Amy
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fist volume of a new graphic novel series for ages 7-10, Mr. Wolf is a new teacher at Hazelwood Elementary. His class has a new-to-town student, too: a rabbit named Margot. Margot is determined to make new friends in her new town and her class full of a variety of anthropomorphized animals should give her plenty of options. Other students in the class include Sampson, a bullied frog, and Penny, a pig with a new baby at her house. When Penny goes missing (she falls asleep in a box in the ...more
Rebekah
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This vibrant graphic novel follows various different characters on their first day of school. Mr Wolf is new to the school and is thrown straight into the chaos of teaching first grade. I really enjoyed reading this book, it even had me chuckling at some points.

The fact that Steinke teaches is reflected well throughout the book, his experience is evident in the tiny details such as having to clean up sticky juice at the end of the day and being roped into playing a game of tag with the children
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