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The red wolf
Shannon, Margaret, 1966-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Roselupin, a princess locked in a tower by her overprotective father, uses yarn to knit a red wolf suit to free herself.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 58841.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Roselupin has had quite enough of being locked away in her tower room. Her father the king thinks he needs to protect her from the wild and dangerous world outside, but Roselupin knows better. So when she receives a mysterious gift on her seventh birthday, Roselupin uses it as her ticket out of the tower and into the woods, where she howls and dances all day long--and surprises the kingdom folk right out of their socks. Twice.

Author Notes

Margaret Shannon was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and now lives near Nelson, New Zealand. The setting for The Red Wolf is loosely based on the beautiful fortress town of Loket nad Ohri in the Czech Republic. After discovering the town in her travels, Margaret Shannon returned to live there for seven months and began developing the illustrations for this book.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A canny seven-year-old princess and a trunkful of knitting wool bring down the house or, more accurately, the castle tower in this cleverly told tale. Locked up by her father to protect her from the dangers of the world, the princess Roselupin knits her magic birthday yarn into a fuzzy red wolf suit. "If the world's too wild for the likes of me,/ Then a BIG RED WOLF I'd rather be," she says. Becoming a red wolf so big she bursts right out of her tower, Roselupin revels in a day (and night) of freedom. But the next morning, in a development explained only in the illustrations, a thread catches on a twig and the princess's suit unravels. Captive again, the imperturbable Roselupin uses more yarn to knit her father "a rather mousy-looking pair of pajamas." The final picture shows a forlorn mouse in a crown gazing out the window as Roselupin runs to join a circle of children in the town square. Shannon's (Gullible's Troubles) antic mixed-media art will have readers howling, too; in one spread, the gargantuan wolf revels in a dazzling selection of baked goods offered by courtiers who seem lilliputian by comparison. The old-world castle town and the dark forest are the stuff of classic fairy tales, but Shannon's sly humor and resourceful heroine are eminently her own. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This liberating modern fairy tale with a most inventive heroine celebrates the joy and, indeed, the necessity, of freedom. Like many fairy-tale princesses before her, Roselupin is locked in a tower-in this case, by an overprotective father who deems the world "a wild and dangerous place." On her seventh birthday, a mysterious donor sends a seemingly innocent gift, a golden box full of wool. The enclosed message, "Knit what you want," makes the king laugh, but the resourceful girl uses it to pull the wool over everyone's eyes-literally. As she climbs into her newly knitted red wolf suit, Roselupin calls to mind Maurice Sendak's Max. Indeed, her actions that follow are very much like those of the wild things, as she grows and bursts beyond the confines of the page frames and then revels in eating, dancing, and howling her way through the day. As she sleeps freely under the stars that night, she dreams of dancing with other wolves in a circle. Though her wolf suit unravels, and the misguided king once again locks her up, Roselupin is not out of wool yet. In a very satisfying conclusion, she gives the king a taste of his own medicine and the last glimpse readers have is of her joining the circle of villagers dancing. Shannon's brightly colored illustrations and the creative design and layout enrich this original, delightful tale. A thoroughly enjoyable story of empowerment.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.