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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  114 reviews
A wolf trades in his "growl" for "spoken words" in order to impress a group of educated farmyard animals he has met. Full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 1998)
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Wolf, by Becky Bloom and illustrated by Pascal Biet is a fable about a hungry wolf who just needs food. In order to get food from the farm, he must impress the cow, duck and pig by reading and being educated because they are too into their books to pay attention to the wolf. He goes to school and learns to read throughout the duration of the book.
A fable is a short story that conveys an overall moral or lesson that is to be learned from. This book fits perfectly under this definition of a fable
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
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.
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
Edward Sojuwa
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one is yet another book where the stereotype of the "big bad wolf" is shattered. Wolfie is tacitly unwelcome at the farm since the pigs, duckies and chickens are actually reading books and becoming well educated. (They must've been inspired by the novel Animal Farm, which is a logical first choice for the intellectual livestock set, just read that one yourself and you'll see why!). So Wolfie goes off in a huff AND a puff and figures F this! I'll be well read too! So Wolfie teaches himself t ...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
Kayley King
I think this book is perfect for showing kids that literature can bring people together over shared stories and readings. I really liked the illustrations in the book too, they look like water colors outlined with black marker. The colorful artwork really adds a more eye catching quality to the store. I must say that this story is one that I have never really heard before. You know, how some stories can have the same basis, but this one is unique and one that takes a twist on animals that would ...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!
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.
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.
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 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A fun one to do for storytime.
Kristina Shin
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My 4th grade students loved this book! Great book to talk about perseverance.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-4
This is a great book that teaches characterization to students. And shows them that reading takes practice.
Skye Richard
A great read aloud book!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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