Big Wolf and Little Wolf

Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme | Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Big Wolf and Little Wolf
by Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
(Enchanted Lion, 2009)

Big Wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill. He is alone, but happy. One day he sees another wolf approaching, a little wolf. Without a word, Little Wolf sits down next to Big Wolf. He stays all night and all the next day. At first Big Wolf is suspicious. He also is worried that Little Wolf will grow bigger and become a rival. After a while, however, he starts to feel fond of his small companion. He decides to let Little Wolf share his covers, just a little, so he isn’t cold at night. The next day he shares some of his lunch. Just as Big Wolf is starting to get used to his new friend, and even to care for him, Little Wolf disappears. Big Wolf is too proud to cry or get upset, but the reader cannot miss the great mix of emotions he feels, which are movingly portrayed in Olivier Tallec’s sensitive illustrations. Big Wolf loses his appetite and cannot sleep. He spends his time staring at the horizon, waiting for Little Wolf to return, but without the slightest reason to hope that he will. But with the arrival of spring Little Wolf does return. Big Wolf is so happy his heart almost bursts. The two wolves shyly admit that without each other they found life lonely. Never again will they leave each other’s side.

Reviews:

"Three Stars - Outstanding. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! WONDERFUL story, awesome illustrations. Just an enjoyable, colorful book you can immerse yourself in. All about sharing and friendship and nowhere near overdoing it it with heavy-handedness like many books today. Just a great story that your child will love to have you read to him and you'll enjoy it just as much. Great storytelling!" - Lisa Barker, JellyMom.com

"Brun-Cosme has created a picture book with a unique feel. Her wording is simple and almost bare. It is through that very minimalist writing that the emotions are really clear and powerful. It is also a format that works well for a lone wolf and his simple life. Tallec’s art is different here than in some of his other work (like Rita and Whatsit). He uses paint to create a world of open fields and wide skies, but plays with color to make it a world in a vivid palette of pinks, yellows, blues, and greens. This depth of color and strong lines make the illustrations a foil for the simple words.
This book speaks to the lonely of us, the confused, the awkward. It is a picture book that every child will understand whether they have been Little or Big. Appropriate for ages 4-6." – Kids Lit

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