Wolfie the Bunny
Wolfie the Bunny

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Annotation: When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up--until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.
Catalog Number: #96307
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: OHora, Zachariah,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-22614-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-85544-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-22614-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-85544-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013034213
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Dot isn't pleased when a baby wolf foundling is left on the Bunny family's doorstop--"HE'S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP!" Her smitten parents ignore her. At the market, however, Wolfie is a boon to his big sister when a bear lunges toward them yelling, "DINNER!" The text's humor keeps scariness in check; cartoonish acrylic paintings with comical touches match the tone.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1 When the Bunny family finds a little bundle of joythat happens to be a wolfon their doorstep, they are smitten.Well, except for little Dot, who exclaims repeatedly, "He's going to eat us all up!!" Even her friends agree, but Dot's parents are captivated by the adorable babyhe's a good eater, sleeper, and drooler, they note. As Wolfie grows, Dot's worry is compounded with annoyance as he follows her everywhere in typical little brother-style. Having to go to the store for more carrots with Wolfie (who ate them all up!) makes Dot less than pleased, and she is on guard lest he tries to eat her. The fact that Wolfie is wearing an endearing bunny outfit does not make her feel better, but it does make the bear at the market think that Wolfie would make a yummy meal. Rather than run for safety, Dot terrifies the bear with tough talk of eating him up and saves Wolfie, who thanks her by pouncing on her with a big hug. The now-bonded siblings walk home hand in hand. The text is seamlessly integrated with the illustrations and uses various fonts to good effect. OHora's acrylic paintings are the heart of this tale. They clearly show everyone's feelings from fear to sadness to joy to anger to love and everything in between, and there are brilliant bits of humor and whimsy added to the mix. VERDICT A great book for one-on-one sharing that's also sure to be a storytime hit. Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* When the Bunny family find an adorable baby wolf on their doorstep, Mama and Papa are thrilled. Voice-of-reason Dot says, "He's going to eat us all up!" And she keeps saying it as Wolfie gets bigger. And bigger! When he eats all the carrots, his parents send him (dressed in a large pink bunny suit) and Dot down to the store, and for a moment, it looks as if her prediction is about to come true least where she is concerned. But it's not Dot Wolfie is staring at. It's Bear, who, as it turns out, is very hungry and ready to eat Wolfie, pink suit and all. Dot to the rescue! She gets the drop on Bear, who hightails it out of there. Then my goodness! lfie pounces on Dot. Was she right after all? Nope, it's only to give her a hug. This gets all the elements of the successful picture book just right: a familiar scenario (sibling rivalry), a scary adversary, a display of courage, and a happy ending. And then there's the art! OHora's unique acrylic illustrations have the look and feel of woodcuts. Big and bold, with strong yet simple shapes, the pictures are also intimate enough to capture Wolfie's goofy smile when he gets his pink bunny outfit, and the frightened but fierce expression on Dot's face. A crowd-pleaser for crowds big and small.
Word Count: 362
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 172110 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.0 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q69396
Lexile: AD440L
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies!

The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day?

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