HOOOOWWLL!

A 2018 Caldecott Medal winner, WOLF IN THE SNOW is written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell (Feiwel and Friends, 2017).

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This picture book is deceptively simple and absolutely delightful. Cordell uses pen and ink sketches and watercolour to tell a story of survival in a vast and treacherous winter landscape.

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Pretty much wordless and almost filmic, Cordell’s sparing use of text creates an audio dimension and shape and colour cleverly weave in elements of fairy tale.

 

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Both visually and narratively, human and animal are aligned in this cold universe and a little girl’s heroic act of kindness in the face of adversity is quietly imbued with themes of family and love.

 

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And who doesn’t love a cosy ending?  Ah.

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Though clearly created for the very young, our ten-year old was captured by this story, declaring it “the best book I’ve ever read.” She ran off to copy her favourite illustration… here it is.  HOOOOOWWLLL!

 

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