Wolf Wanted by Ana Maria MachadoWolf Wanted by Ana Maria Machado

Wolf Wanted

byAna Maria MachadoIllustratorLaurent CardonTranslated byElisa Amado

Hardcover | April 1, 2010

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Manny is looking for a job. He sees an ad in the paper "Wolf Wanted," and although a real wolf is wanted, he responds anyway since his surname is "Wolf." Luckily for Manny, so many wolves respond to the ad that a new job has to be created to answer all the letters. He is chosen for the new job because he is such a good writer. And fortunately, he also loves to read and knows many stories, and so he can see through the wolves' letters, with their glowing descriptions of themselves, and discern their true natures.

Manny recognizes the different wolves as characters from "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs" and Aesop's Fables and "Peter and the Wolf," for example. He finally decides that the problem is with the ad itself, which he rewrites, clarifying that a real wolf is wanted so that a documentary can be made to show people what real wolves are like. The book concludes with a non-fiction spread, illustrated with photos, which describes the current predicament of wolves all over the world.

Ana Maria Machado is one of the world's most distinguished writers for children, with over one hundred books published in her native Brazil and in more than eighteen other countries. She has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the SM Iberoamerican Children's Literature Award, and she has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of L...
Title:Wolf WantedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 7.88 × 10.75 × 1.4 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888998805

ISBN - 13:9780888998804

Appropriate for ages: 4


Editorial Reviews

"It is rare that a plea for conservation can be embedded so happily, so humorously, in a picture book as well as this one is." - Susan Perren, Globe and Mail"The story's understated wit is magnified to high comedy in Cardon's dramatic, mixed-media illustrations." - Carolyn Phelan, Booklist"The artwork adds interest and appeal..." - Gregory Bryan, CM Magazine"a wonderful story...a valuable contribution to the classroom library." - Heather Sellers, Multicultural Review"Machado makes us think about the play between the fairy tale figure and the real thing, a gentle nudge toward conservation made comic through Cardon's exaggerated characters and collage illustrations." - Deirdre Baker, Toronto Star"A howling success..." - Mary-Alice Downie