Friday, January 17, 2014

Wolf Story

One of my favorite book collections is the New York Review Collections. These are older books republished in a beautiful—gorgeous—format.

This story is odd, delightful, intriguing, engrossing, funny, stimulating, and one of the best read-alouds I've ever read.

I am weird, and this is a weird book, but it is absolutely delightful. It represents a different level of writing and story-telling. A higher level. A transcendent level.

Wolf Story by William McCleery (published originally in 1947)

Ages 6 and up

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This irresistible book is about: a father; his five-year-old son, Michael (intelligent, crafty, addicted to stories); Michael’s best friend Stefan (stalwart listener, equally addicted to stories); and, well—what else?—a story.

Oh, and a wolf. It is as Michael always demands: a Wolf Story, which begins one night at bedtime and spins wildly on through subsequent bedtimes and Sunday outings to the beach and park in a succession of ever more trickily tantalizing episodes. Waldo the wolf is sneaking up on Rainbow the hen, when Jimmy Tractorwheel, the son of the local farmer, comes along. After that, there’s no knowing what will happen next, as while stalled in traffic jams or nodding off at night, the boys chime in and the story races on and Waldo finds, if not necessarily dinner, his just desserts.

First published in 1947 and wonderfully illustrated by Warren Chappell, William McCleery’sWolf Story is a delicious treat for fathers and sons and daughters and mothers alike.

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