cover image From Wolf to Woof! The Story of Dogs

From Wolf to Woof! The Story of Dogs

Hudson Talbott. Penguin/Paulsen, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-399-25404-8

Talbott (It’s All About Me-Ow) shifts attention from cats to dogs in this fictional story about how prehistoric man might have domesticated wild wolves, starting with an outcast child befriending an outcast wolf. The mixed-media art is tender and playful, with early wolves appearing just slightly fearsome (an image of an ox being spit-roasted over a fire is easily more shocking). One spread features a dense crowd of canines running in profile, showing their progression into domesticated dogs—including a retriever about to catch a ball. Talbott explores a broad concept within a cozy narrative framework, celebrating modern dogs while reminding readers that today’s wolves “need our help if they are to survive.” Ages 5–8. (Apr.)