Today, we discovered a new gem at our local library entitled Find the Wolf which was written by Carly Blake and illustrated by Agnese Baruzzi. It is certainly a new favorite of my son. We have already read this book four times today, but my son just keeps requesting it again. So what exactly makes this book such a delightful read for little ones?
Find the Wolf has wonderful formatting that engages a child. This board book features twenty-eight (28) pages full of cleverly constructed peek through pages and illustrations. Right away, the reader is instructed to “Find the Wolf!” The pages feature cut outs and pose questions such as “Are those his ears?” The reader then has to guess whether a part of the wolf is revealed in the image that is peeking through the cutouts. This format was excellent at engaging a child.
The book also featured bold font that was easy to read. The lettering was large and simplistic. All of the text is in black and pops against the background colors on each of the pages.
There were approximately six to ten words per page, which made it ideal for keeping a younger child’s attention. In total there were 151 words in the book, making it a short read. Several of the words are repeated throughout the book which also makes it ideal for a new reader to practice their reading skills.
Agnese Baruzzi did a beautiful job creating clever illustrations throughout this book. For example, Agnese made peacock feathers look like a wolf’s eyes and butterfly wings look like a wolf’s nose. Her illustrations that peek through the cut outs are sure to engage a child as the child joins in the quest to find the wolf.
At the very end of the book, there is a surprise. Not only does the reader find the wolf, BUT the reader learns that a wolf or his paw prints were actually featured in every scene in the book. After learning that the wolf was actually hiding throughout the book, young readers can go back through the book to search for all of the other hidden illustrations. Candidly, despite being an adult reader, I did not notice the hidden wolves and paw prints that were featured throughout the entire book. The wolf’s silhouette or paw prints are artfully woven in to each of the illustrations in the book.
Agnese used a simple but effective color palette for her illustrations. The illustrations utilize bold colors and minimal shading. Artistically, the illustrations are flat and simplistic, but they manage to still be clever and visually appealing. The simplistic shading and color use are perfect for a toddler. Despite being a board book geared towards toddlers, both my seven and nine year old stepdaughters greatly enjoyed the illustrations of this book.
If you are looking for a wolf book with an in-depth plot, then this is NOT the book for you. This takes the reader on a journey where they have to find the wolf who is “wanted” for various offenses such as “huffing and puffing.” This book’s main focus is truly on the reader finding the wolf.
I highly recommend this book if you have a toddler or young child who enjoys cut out books or non-scary wolf books. The book is adorable and engaging. It is quick to read, while still managing to be engaging. This is the perfect book to add into your toddler story time.