A Hero Called Wolf


Wolf’s turned his life around. He used ‘to be mean and quite hard’. However, now, he takes a satchel of books everywhere with him and carries a library card.

However, this change of behaviour has resulted in Wolf realising just how badly he’s painted in stories. What can Wolf do to change this? Mrs Jones, librarian, suggests he should write his own story to set the record straight. However, Wolf’s aware to be a hero in a book, he’d need to be tough and strong. He considers, ‘I can’t be a hero./ I might get it wrong’. 

Yet, as he ponders, he’s approached for help. Can Wolf aid a woodcutter with a blunt axe? Is it possible he might have just the book to give advice? Then again, what of a knight who seeks a replacement feedbag for her horse? There is more! In fact, as Wolf helps, he’s claimed as heroic, especially when there’s a gi-normous emergency!

A Hero Called Wolf introduces familiar, traditional characters, within such recognisable settings. What’s more, these are characters whom we’ve enjoyed getting to know through Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle’s earlier works, such as Little Red Reading Hood. 

Bookwagon loves and recommends this clever, entertaining, empathetic and empowering picture book. What a splendid and satisfying story is A Hero Called Wolf.

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A Hero Called Wolf

Be Your Own Kind of Hero!

Lucy Rowland & Ben Mantle

(Pan Macmillan)

It seems that Wolf’s life has been turned around by ‘a library card’. Thereafter, he’s ‘made new friends, learned how to share‘ and takes ‘a satchel of books everywhere’. However, might reading throw up a problem? Is it possible that all the wolves in books are unlike our hero? Might Mrs Jones be on track to suggest that he ‘could WRITE the story that [he wants] to read’? However, how might he begin?
A Hero Called Wolf follows other thoroughly enjoyable books from Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle, including Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book. What’s more, Wolf’s character is familiar to us through traditional tales! However, here, it seems as though he’s rewriting the story. Yet, can he? It seems he has ideas to help other traditional characters, from a book for the woodcutter, to a satchel for a knight’s horse’s feedbag. Then again, might Wolf’s quick thinking be heroic to those he helps? Then again, is it possible he might face up to a truly gigantic problem should one arrive at the library?
Alongside scissor sharp rhyme and truly inventive storytelling, Lucy Rowland’s latest picture book enjoys entertaining, colour rich, really expressive pictures from Ben Mantle. Bookwagon loves this picture book and recognises that it is one we’ll be recommending for story sharing and school use for quite some time! A Hero Called Wolf is superb!


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