The Wolves of Currumpaw


William Grill’s audience were alert to his abilities and waiting for his second book, The Wolves of Currumpaw. It has met an acclaiming world-wide audience. From a wolf mad 8-year old, a fact loving godson, and a reading devoted friend, I have shared this fabulous non-fiction picture book. What a lot I learned from this book and how it has stayed with me! A fantastic frontier, ecological and pioneering story  unfolds dramatically and wondrously. William Grill is a superstar information picture book maker. He is able to find, interpret and tell his stories in a meaningful, gripping and original way.  (Winner of the 2017 Premio Non-Fiction Bologna Ragazzi Award)


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The Wolves of Currumpaw

William Grill

(Flying Eye) – hardback

Lobo evades capture by the settlers in the Currumpaw valley. Thereafter, in desperation they turn to Captain Seton. It seems he will need every skill in the book to hunt down and kill the leader of The Wolves of Currumpaw. However what it is about this creature? It seems Lobo’s kin, the pack that the settlers wish to erase, have fallen to the settlers. In fact, every wolf but one has gone. Somehow, Lobo has outwitted every method and is intent on maintaining his right to live within his patch. Has he met his match in Captain Seton? Not only does William Grill plot Lobo’s life and family line, but then we learn of his habitat, how it was, and how it’s changed. Then again, we learn about his animal family too.
Meanwhile, what of Seton? It seems he’s an adventurer, almost a privateer. Although it seems his history means that he has greater wit than other hunters. What’s more, he will take his time and assess the situation. It means, therefore that Lobo’s situation is dire. However, is there something more that he might show and teach Captain Seton, that might continue for generations? It seems this title is a huge, encompassing book of passion, history and the environment. Once again, following Shackleton’s Journey, William Grill’s storytelling draws us in so that we are deep within the story, breaths held as we watch the cat and mouse game between hunter and hunted. Bookwagon loves and recommends this title hugely as a book to read, share and treasure.



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