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3.37  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  13 reviews
It is the long, hot summer of 1976. Hugo, the youngest child of three, is walking with his father in the woods. There, he comes face-to-face with a wolf—and from that moment on, his life will never be the same again. Soon after, a tragic accident leaves Hugo desolate and disoriented. The family, now grieving and incomplete, moves to a new home. Among Hugo’s new neighbors i ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by SelfMadeHero
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Sam Quixote
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Set in 1970s England, Hugo’s dad dies in an accident and the family moves into a new, smaller house and deal with grief in their own way. Except Hugo has a plan: to build a time machine and bring his dad back. And he’s going to need the help of the Wolfman next door…!

Rachael Ball’s Wolf is ok. It’s not the most compelling coming-of-age story and nothing that spectacular happens. The “time machine” and the book’s ending played out predictably and none of the characters were especially interestin
David Schaafsma
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-women, gn-grief
A long and subtle and simple graphic novel about grief. The opening scenes, set in the seventies, depict Hugo and and his Dad together. At one point young Hugo thinks he sees a wolf. Later, he meets and befriends an old man dying of cancer that everyone in the neighborhood calls Wolfman who makes and hangs model airplanes in his apartment. I like Hugo's siblings and mom and their interactions.

What Hugo wants is to go back in time. He and his brother and sisters make a time machine ou
Jj Burch
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated British tale about grief and childhood and wonder.
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The strangest book I’ve read in a long time. I don’t like any of the characters except maybe Sonia a bit. The graphic theme is misshapen British council house grot. I can’t figure out the symbolism of the wolf, the fish, the wood.

But there’s a powerful sense of wonder. I love that the walking, talking fish thing with a suitcase feels compelled to hide beneath a hood. Old Man Death Angel takes a neat ballet turn when he gets thwacked by one of his own model airplanes. You can also see human sha
Morgan Golias
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This book tells the story of a boy (Hugo) who loses his father. It shows the ways he and his family deal with their grief, with moving to a new home, and all the changes that happen after that. Hugo becomes obsessed with the idea of a time machine. If only he could go back in time, he could save their dad and everything would go back to normal. It takes a helping hand from an unlikely source to teach him how to deal with a life that doesn't turn out the way you might've liked, and how to make th ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wolf by Rachael Ball is a great example of how simple pencil drawing can be beautiful, profound, and atmospheric. The story is classic coming-of-age for the main character, Hugo, who suffers an older brother and sister, a pretty awesome mom, and the recent and sudden loss of his father. Hugo's still thinking and talking of his father in the present tense, when he decides to build a time machine (I mean, THE time machine from the film [based on the book]) to, well, find his dad. There's one tiny ...more
Beatrice Fox
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's very original and stylistic in art design. An entire pencil Graphic Novel and takes place in lower class Britain modern day. Quite an extraordinary little lifestyle here. The title is offputting and misleading...those wanting high fantasy or anthropmorphic fairy tale are out of luck. Has nothing to do with wolves. I will note, when did it become a trend for the father of a family to die in an accident in the opening scene? (Just read Amulet). I just like this family tho and the scenes of ar ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised by the relatively low rating of this book, although it is definitely the adorable character designs and sensitive art that makes what could have been a pedestrian story more of a stand out for me.

Edward Sanchez
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't see why this book is called Wolf as the wolf isn't a vehicle in the story.
Sean M Puckett
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
A quick-reading GN about a young boy who's coping with some hard changes in the half-real way that kids sometimes do.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute but sad
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Lovely line illustrations, and a gentle story about loss and acceptance. Suffers from a lack of characterisation - even Hugo, Dad, and the Wolfman, barely step off the page. But I liked the opening chapters which depicted Hugo and Dad's relationship, and the time-machine 'travel' at the end.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good graphic novel about bereavement. The illustrations are nice. I enjoyed it.
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