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Max, the stubborn little wolf
Judes, Marie-Odile.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Maxime Loupiot. English
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Papa Wolf expects his son Max to be a hunter, like other wolves, but Max has different ideas about his future.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 50496.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Wolf fathers and sons are hunters. Everyone knows that--except Max, a little wolf who thinks hunting is mean and horrible. He wants to be a florist.

Papa Wolf can't imagine what Max likes about those good-for-nothing flowers. If the big wolf can't find a way to make his son become a hunter, he'll eat his heat--and he means it!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Max's father is furious whenever career choices enter the conversation: little Max wants to be a florist, and what self-respecting, meat-eating wolf could possibly want to work with flowers! In classic fairy tale--style, Papa Wolf thrice declares that he will change his son's mind--or he will do something extreme, beginning with eating a hat. Each time, of course, Max sweetly defeats Papa's purpose and wonders at his parent's sudden peculiar tastes. Robins' translation from the French flows smoothly, and Bourre, who creates the perfect French farmhouse for a wolf family, humorously captures Papa's exasperation and Max's wide-eyed innocence. For a primary-grade story time based on the themes of gentleness and individuality, Max will make a good partner for Munro Leaf's Ferdinand. --Catherine Andronik

Publisher's Weekly Review

What if a little wolf told his father that instead of growing up to hunt and eat little animals, his fondest dream was to become a florist? In this French team's urbane reworking of the theme of the wayward son, Max stands up to his big bad wolf of a father without flinching: "Hunting is nasty, cruel, horrible. I will never be a hunter." Max doesn't want to be a vegetarianÄhe likes a leg of lamb as much as the next wolf cubÄhe simply would prefer to spend his time among the flowers. For the entire book, Max's father plots to rid his son of his predilection, but Max is proof against every ploy. The author pitches the book at least as much to grown-ups as to children; the father's energy drives the narrative forward, and perhaps parents will most appreciate the fellow's ham-fisted attempts to make a man, or a wolf, of his son. Bourre's ink-and-gouache paintings combine bristly ink-black wolf hair and whiskers with warm, incandescently lit interiors. Certain visual touches may strike readers as unmistakably Gallic, such as the pig in the thought balloon above the father's head, scored for carving … la Escoffier, and the Provence-style country d‚cor of the wolf family's home. The ending of the book is curiously abrupt (is the father ever reconciled to Max's wishes?), but Max's spunk and Bourre's beguiling illustrations more than compensate for the story's shortcomings. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A little wolf dreams of becoming a florist rather than a hunter as his father demands. Papa Wolf cooks up several plans to convince him to change his young mind, each time vowing to eat a hat or a pillow if he fails. The pen-and-ink and charcoal drawings show cartoonlike depictions of everyday life with delightful details such as wolf lamps and a lovable little lamb that Max clutches everywhere he goes. Adults will enjoy the humor of the career struggle while children will love the fact that little wolf sticks up for himself and that his dad does silly things to get him to comply with what's expected of him. This story contrasts nicely with Colin McNaughton's Yum! (Harcourt, 1999), in which a pig tries to dissuade the wolf from being a hunter and to get a real job. Though not an essential purchase, Max is a sweet book to share with a child.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.