cover image Big Wolf and Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange!

Big Wolf and Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange!

Nadine Brun-Cosme, trans. from the French by Claudia Bedrick, illus. by Olivier Tallec. Enchanted Lion (Consortium, dist.), $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59270-106-3

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. Ages 4%E2%80%938. (Apr.)