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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  494 ratings  ·  107 reviews
A wolf learns to read in order to impress a group of farmyard animals he has met.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1998)
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Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
This story is about a hungry wolf in search of food. When he reaches a farm he stumbles upon a reading cow, a pick and a duck. These animals were reading books instead of being scared of the wolf. They simply ignored him. The wolf wolf was in disbelief but instead of wanting to eat the animals he was interested in learning how to read. The went to school to learn how to read. He decided that in order to be accepted by his peers he had to learn to read. When the wolf found out simply being able t ...more
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Overall, I liked this a lot. It was a little uncomfortable when the animals turn away the wolf because he can't read well enough. It motivates him to work harder. My concern is will children understand that the process to learning how to read is to work harder but shouldn't our classmates support us in that process and not reject us? That is where I struggled some.

Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
A little formal in language but it ends up suiting the studious wolf. I'm not sure the kids are totally going to buy it but I love all the expressions on the faces.
community, homecoming, friendship, companionship, value of working hard, value of reading.
Nov 30, 2012 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
"Educated animals" peer-pressure a wolf into improving his reading skills.
Jennifer Trinker
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Wolf! is a short story about a hungry wolf who, while searching for food, decides he wants to learn to read. He does this because the animals he comes across on a farm are all so engaged in their books, they don't respond when he tries to scare them. He goes to school, libraries, and book stores before he eventually becomes not just a reading expert, but a storytelling master. Through this, he gains a whole group of new, kind friends.

The illustrations throughout the book, while having their own
Rocha Gilmore
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wolf by Becky Bloom has a good twist motivating children to read. Definitely a book to keep on my shelf. It is about a wolf who comes into town with very little money. He remembered there was a farm outside of town to satisfy his hunger. When he got to the farm, he saw an unusual sight, farm animals reading. He took a deep breath and howled. There was no sudden movement from the farm animals nor were they impressed with his actions because they were trying to read. The wolf couldn't believe they ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A very cute book that tells of a tired, hungry wolf who wanders into town looking for a quick meal of the local farm animals and finds that they are not afraid of him. They are too absorbed in their book reading.
"What's wrong with you?" growled the woof. "Can't you see I'm a big and dangerous wolf?"
"I am sure you are." replied the pig. "But couldn't you be big and dangerous somewhere else? We're trying to read. This is a farm for educated animals. now be a good wolf and go away," said the pi
McCall DiLorenzo
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wolf! is a wonderful story flowing the journey of a wolf who strives to be the best reader he can be. This story teaches kids that reading is improved by practice and encourages them to keep trying to become better just like Wolf. The story provides playful watercolor that illustrates the story and brings the characters to life. My favorite line from the story is, “He read with confidence and passion”. Confidence is an important thing to teach to students because if they can become confident in ...more
Mommy Moo
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-1000-times
Hands down one of the best children's books ever. Wolf! by Becky Bloom is absolutely brilliant. This is not your traditional wolf story. This tall tale is phenomenal because the wolf evolves over time - don't want to be a spoiler. The illustrations by Pascal Biet are perfect and help bring the story to life. Brilliantly written and full of rich life lessons. Highly recommend.
Ana DeLoreto
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: free-choice
This was such a cute take on the three little pigs. Not only were the pictures and text intriguing, but this book also provided the lesson on how important reading can be. Students will be motivated and intrigued to read after hearing this great read aloud book!
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wolf learns to read in order to impress a group of farmyard animals he has met.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not quite the message I'd want to give to storytime families.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great little story about friendship and books. Great to read aloud to an elementary school age audience.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A fun one to do for storytime.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-youth
It has a cute ending, and I'm glad Wolf enjoys his friendships with Pig, Duck and Cow, but man, are those farm animals judgemental when he is learning to read!
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading Wolf by Becky Bloom, my six year old stated, "That's funny, the wolf wanted to eat his friends at the beginning of the book." This book presents the message, through conventional animal characters, that base behavior (like wanting to eat harmless creatures) can be replaced by socially acceptable behavior (like ringing the doorbell before intruding) through reading (synonymous with education in this text.) Furthermore, education results in a loss of fear and happy camaraderie. It is ...more
Stacy Boyd
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
In Wolf! by Becky Bloom, there is a wolf who wonders into a village and is hungry. He must set out to find some food, when he stumbles across a farm and sees a reading pig, cow, and duck. He wants to eat them but when he tries to scare and eat them, the animals shun him and explain to him how they're reading, how the farm was for educated animals, and he is being obnoxious. The wolf fit in one of the three categories and didn't like that so he set out to be educated and ended up reading with the ...more
Alexis Adelman
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I began to read this book, right away it reminded me of little red riding hood. The way the pig was drawn, the wolf, and the glasses that the wolf later wore. Even after reading this story, I am having a hard time understanding what the moral of the story is.

The story starts with a wolf that is very hungry so he goes to a barn and is going to eat either the duck, cow or pig. He goes into the gate and talks to the other animals in a very mean tone. The duck, cow and pig are just minding their
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Wolf! is the story of a wolf that wanders into a small town in search of nourishment and finds solace and a community of friends in the animals that are able readers. The key to inclusion is the wolf's determination to become a reader.

This story fits into the category of "Books About Readers and Reading" that I have collected since 2002 - see my website at: for a list of other books. In these stories, reading is the key to success and children become read
Sarah Plitt
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
By: Becky Bloom
Illustrated By: Pascal Biet

Wolf! is a light hearted story about a young wolf who strives to become a good reader like the rest of the farm animals. It is easy to admire the Wolf’s drive to reach his goal and his determination pays off in the end. The farm animals on the other hand are dismissive and rude in many ways which adds to the Wolf’s determination. As the Wolf works towards his goal by going to school and the library, he gets blank stares from the surrounding humans
Brianne Griffin
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wolf is a creative animal fiction book about a wolf that trades in his appetite for intelligence and friendship. At the beginning, the mean wolf went to a farm in search of food and to his surprise found that a pig, duck, and cow were not frightened by his howl. Instead they sat there deeply emerged in their books. After being ignored by the educated animals, the wolf decided he was going to go to school and learn how to read. It took some practice and dedication before the Wolf could impress th ...more
Shannon Wasgatt
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a story about a wolf who learns to read. In the beginning the wolf was hungry and wanted to eat the farm animals. After seeing that the farm animals could read, Wolf wanted to learn too. He eventually learns to read and becomes a great story teller.

One things I liked about this book is that it shows some of the stages students go through when learning to read. After he initially learned to read, Wolf was reading simple texts that were not very interesting. He practiced until he was
Kyounga Kim
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
1. The Title
The title is very hooking, because every children love to read about wolf. I think the author considered that children like scary animal characters such as wolf, dragon, bear etc.
2. The Illustration
The drawing is very friendly and natural such that someone in my neighborhood draw it, but still funny. If you see the change of the wolf's face, it would be so interesting.
On the first page the wolf has a grumpy face, but he turned into a intelligent and educated face on the last page.
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this story is that reading is transformative. The hungry wolf in this story, just like the hungry wolfs in other children's stories, he wants some food and he decides to go to a near farm to find it.

The whole story reminds me of Animal Farm by George Orwell. The wolf becomes literated and educated because he wants to emulated the farm animals that he sees reading.

My personal connection to this book is that I like reading and I am like the wolf in the sense that I persevere when I wa
Reagan Bean
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wolf! by Becky Bloom is a creative story about a wolf who comes across a cow, pig and duck all reading books on a farm. When the wolf naturally attempts to scare them, they don't even budge and ignore his presence while they continue on their reading. They are well educated animals who do not put up with wolf's nonsense and he becomes quite frustrated. He learns to read and keeps reading until he can get to their level and they finally listen to him and are impressed. Of course at the end all of ...more
Sarah Ravel
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wolf! by Becky Bloom is a clever book about the civilizing effect of reading. The central character is a wolf. One day he barges upon a cow, pig, and a duck reading quietly. He is surprised to find the reading animals disinterested by him. Disturbed that the animals ignore him because he is uneducated, he decides to learn to read. As the wolf learns to read his demeanor and attire become more and more civilized. He begins to wear glasses and clothing. Instead of barging onto the farm, he rings t ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Author: Becky Bloom
Publisher and Date: Scholastic, 1999

Summary: A wolf goes into town looking for food. Much to his surprise, he encounters animals on a farm reading. After he is turned down because he isn’t seen as a dangerous wolf, he does everything he can to impress all the educated farm animals.

Review: This is a feel good story because animals learn to get along with each other. I use this story for teaching fantasy vs. reality. The wolf and farm animals display characteristics that childr
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ra-shortlist
This is a good book for "read" because it not only contains a great story with a lot of different words (so the child can see the storyteller "reading" the story in the book), but it also promotes reading within the story. I think the text is too small and too crowded for children in a larger storytime setting to really see the words and read along, but in a smaller group, the bits of text that do stand out--like the wolf's "AaaOOOOOooo!" or "Run, wolf! Run..." or "Onceuponatimetherewerethree... ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
My daughter loves it. She is very partial to the wolf in every story, and so a lot of wolf books we find for her has a some what "rehabilitated" ending, such as "Winston the book wolf"

I love that the wolf in this book, took it into his own hands to find his success, and worked hard at it, instead of thinking he needs to rely on others or physical aggression to get just the basics of food and shelter, when he can get educated and improve quality of his life.

We need to stop telling our kids they'r
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Wolf by Becky Bloom is a story about a broken down, hungry wolf who lives in the city. He leaves in hopes to find food and wonders about until he sees a farm full on animals. Upon his adventure he meets a duck, a pig, and cow who are all reading. They are not afraid of this hungry wolf as he seems too uneducated and simple for their liking. The wolf makes it his/her mission to educate oneself in the art of reading. The illustrations of this book are colorful and spacious. There is direction on e ...more
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“What’s wrong with you?’ growled the wolf. Can’t you see that I’m a big and dangerous wolf?
I’m sure you are, replied the pig. But couldn’t you be big and dangerous somewhere else? We’re trying to read.”
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