Sunday, April 22, 2018

When A Wolf Is Hungry by Christine Naumann-Villemin

 - What Will A Hungry Wolf Want to Wolf Down? -

Edmond Bigsnout leaves his home in the woods to find some food: a rabbit. But not an ordinary cottontail, but a

“grain-fed, silky-haired rabbit, one with a hint of sweetness. A city bunny.” 

So he grabs a knife, hops on his bike, and heads toward the city. When he stops at an apartment building he sees on the directory that a rabbit lives on the 5th floor. But he is in such a hurry that he leaves his knife on the elevator. Meanwhile, a turkey who steps on the elevator picks up the knife to use on a cake she has just picked up from the bakery.

The wolf bicycles back to the country and grabs a chainsaw since his knife is now missing. Each time he arrives with a different tool, a resident of the building, thinking wolf is a new tenant, asks to borrow it. And the hungry wolf is too nice not to loan what he’s carrying.

But finally, after several trips back home enough is enough. Wolf decides to eat the poor bunny with just mustard since his rope, pot, grill, chainsaw, and knife have been borrowed by the residents. When he gets to the 5th floor where the rabbit lives there is a note taped to the door,

“I’m on the roof. Max” 

But wolf may find a surprise waiting for him.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: I’m not sure the theme of eating a rabbit will work for all parents. Or even carrying a knife and chainsaw, but read on . . .

What I Liked Most: I think the plot of kindness is meant to overshadow the idea of devouring the rabbit or carrying weapons.

The ending, though I don’t want to spoil the surprise, shows neighborly friendship and acceptance into the community. There may be a word that needs to be explained to children on the last page, but it can be a good learning experience.

Author: Christine Naumann-Villemin
Illustrator: Kris DiGiacomo
Published by: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2017

3 STARS Pretty good
  • Approx. Words: 767
  • Ages: 5 - 8
  • Pages: 32

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