Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange!

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange!


Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

The final title in the acclaimed Big Wolf & Little Wolf series, Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange! takes the duo on an adventure through the city.

From their place in the grass, the duo spy the most beautiful orange either of them has ever seen. But when Big Wolf tosses the orange to Little Wolf, everything goes wrong. First they lose the orange, then they lose each other. Big Wolf journeys into an jungle in search of Little Wolf. He manages to find the orange, but where is Little Wolf? Fear and loneliness overtake him, but he perseveres. Finally, he comes into a clearing of light, where he finds Little Wolf near where he lost him. Big Wolf has gone full circle and, as these things go, everything has changed.

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange! is a deep story about true friendship and how it helps to make us who we are.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-106-3
9.5" (W) x 11.75" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

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"First published in France, this third Big Wolf and Little Wolf story has Little Wolf searching for an errant orange that flies over his head when Big Wolf tosses it his way. When Little Wolf doesn't return, Big Wolf leaves their hill to find him. Big Wolf's loneliness is palpable in scenes of empty sidewalks shadowed by blank buildings and on a train filled with the smudgy shapes of anonymous passengers. Readers will share his relief when he is reunited with Little Wolf under a different tree on a different hill. The emphasis on the idea that change (be it newfound maturity or change of scenery) can strengthen loving bonds makes this a poignant conclusion to a stirringly original series." —Publishers Weekly

"Even younger readers will be caught up in Big Wolf's odyssey and rejoice when he at last tracks down his errant buddy." —Kirkus Reviews

"Children and adults will love Big Wolf & Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange! Its authenticity encourages the spirit to stretch and grow, once again." —The Midwest Book Review

"Tallec's beautifully composed spreads, rich with blues, greens and yellows, are a marvel of soft, richly applied hues and dark swaths of color for contrast, and the two characters, formed with a lithe roundness and sense of vitality, will engage readers. This happily ever after tale offers numerous possibilities for discussion about give-and-take of friendship as well as the artistry of illustration." —Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

"These funny, quirky, and quietly reflective picture books are about love—who we love, and why we love, and the lengths we will go for love." —Donna McKinnon, 32 Pages


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