THERE ARE NO SCARY WOLVES
Author: Yum, Hyewon
Illustrator: Yum, Hyewon
Review Date: September 15, 2010
Publisher:Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Price ( Hardback ): $16.99
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
ISBN ( Hardback ): 978-0-374-38060-1
Category: Picture Books
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After waiting and waiting for his distracted mother to take him to get his favorite Chinese noodles, a little boy decides he’s big enough to walk his neighborhood alone. Imagining the trip, everyday people and places suddenly seem freaky, strange and sinister. Scary wolf faces appear on shop owners and neighbors, cackling creepily. Young readers will feel the boy’s heart quicken as familiar spots (the toy shop, the corner store, the Chinese restaurant) become terrifying wolf dens. They will also relate to vying for adult attention. The mother’s face is often obscured, buried in a purse, a cabinet, dishes, the fridge. Ephemera, photos, patterns, drawings and watercolors create crafty, engaging compositions. Children will enjoy extracting reproduced images from illustrated ones, a perfect exercise in a book about separating fearsome fantasy from reality. When the boy shares his terror with the mother, she finally establishes eye contact and promises to “be right there with you.” This quirky, somewhat dark picture book cleverly projects the skewed perspective of a worrier; real things and imagined ones easily get mixed up, both on these pages and in the boy’s mind. (Picture book. 2-6)
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