FICTION

Like a Wolf

tr. from French. illus. by Antoine Guilloppé. 32p. Minedition. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9789888240449.
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RedReviewStarK-Gr 3—Narrated by a lonely dog, trapped in a shelter, this text will touch the hearts of animal lovers who believe there is a place for all creatures in this world. The dog is told that he looks wild, like a wolf, and there is no place for him. He is chained to a stake in a fenced-in shelter, spending his lonely days yearning for a "friendly hand on my fur" and spending his nights howling at the darkness. People pass him over until one day an imposing figure reaches through the bars to stroke his fur. "You look like a real shepherd dog," the man says and leads him away from his cage. Dramatic black-and-white silhouettes convey the darkness and loneliness of the dog and his cage until the shepherd arrives with a touch of color that leads to a bright ending.
VERDICT Heartfelt and poignant, this simple text expresses what it truly means to be a "good dog." A sweet additional purchase for large picture book collections.

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