Book Review: Erik the Lone Wolf

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Erik the Lone Wolf

Written and illustrated by Sarah Finan

32 pages

Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Publication date: 1st February 2018

Age range: 3+

Summary (from Goodreads):

Being a wolf means sticking with the pack. Everyone knows that – except for Erik, one little wolf cub who dreams of setting off on his own adventure… all by himself!

But will life as a lone wolf be everything he hoped, or will he miss the rough and tumble of the pack?

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“I’m a lone wolf!” shouted Erik. “Nothing can stop me now!”

Was initially drawn to this by the cover and the fact that it is about a wolf pack – I have a soft spot for wolves and stories involving them so had to read this. The fact that wolf has the wonderfully-human name of Erik made it even more appealing!

I really like the illustrations and thin they work really well in creating a contrast between the cold of the winter world in which the story takes place and the warmth of the wolf pack, their campfire and their family.

The story follows Erik, a  young wolf who is feeling a bit crowded by his family and all the restrictions and expectations they put on him. Eventually, he decides that he would be better off as a lone wolf. But there are certain situations where even a lone wolf might need help from the pack!

A recommended read for young children who are taking their first steps towards independence or those who will appreciate the wolfy characters.

Even big wolves need the pack sometimes.

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What I liked: Beautiful illustrations in a unique style, the wolf family, the message that sometimes restrictions are there for a reason. the family relationships

Even better if: The story is a very quick, simple read and this both works in its favour and against it. I could see this being really popular, but not having much reread value apart from to explore the illustrations further.

How you could use it in your classroom: I would use it first of all for the illustrations, which are lovely! You could also use it to discuss how we can’t choose our family and we are going to have days when we get along and days when we get on each others’ nerves. It could also be interesting to discuss some of the restrictions parents put in place for their children and the reasons behind them – sometimes they really are there to protect you, not just to stifle you!

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(Thank you to Netgalley and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for my e-ARC)

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