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The red wolf / written and illustrated by Margaret Shannon.

Book Book (2002.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
5 of 5 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
0 current holds with 5 total copies.
Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Everett - Parlin Memorial Children's Picture Books E/Schannon (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Children's Picturebook J EASY SHANNON (Text to Phone) Available -
Peabody South Branch Children's Picture Books Child E/Shannon (Text to Phone) Available -
Phillips OWHL Children's Collection - Age 4-6 Children's Collection SH19R (Text to Phone) Available -
Salem State ERA Education Resource Area Educ. Res. PR 9619.3 .H3453 R4 2002 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 0618055444 :
Summary: Roselupin, a princess locked in a tower by her overprotective father, uses yarn to knit a red wolf suit to free herself.
Citation: Shannon, Margaret. "The red wolf." Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2002 January #3
    A canny seven-year-old princess and a trunkful of knitting wool bring down the house or, more accurately, the castle tower in this cleverly told tale. Locked up by her father to protect her from the dangers of the world, the princess Roselupin knits her magic birthday yarn into a fuzzy red wolf suit. "If the world's too wild for the likes of me,/ Then a BIG RED WOLF I'd rather be," she says. Becoming a red wolf so big she bursts right out of her tower, Roselupin revels in a day (and night) of freedom. But the next morning, in a development explained only in the illustrations, a thread catches on a twig and the princess's suit unravels. Captive again, the imperturbable Roselupin uses more yarn to knit her father "a rather mousy-looking pair of pajamas." The final picture shows a forlorn mouse in a crown gazing out the window as Roselupin runs to join a circle of children in the town square. Shannon's (Gullible's Troubles) antic mixed-media art will have readers howling, too; in one spread, the gargantuan wolf revels in a dazzling selection of baked goods offered by courtiers who seem lilliputian by comparison. The old-world castle town and the dark forest are the stuff of classic fairy tales, but Shannon's sly humor and resourceful heroine are eminently her own. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2002 May
    PreS-Gr 3-This liberating modern fairy tale with a most inventive heroine celebrates the joy and, indeed, the necessity, of freedom. Like many fairy-tale princesses before her, Roselupin is locked in a tower-in this case, by an overprotective father who deems the world "a wild and dangerous place." On her seventh birthday, a mysterious donor sends a seemingly innocent gift, a golden box full of wool. The enclosed message, "Knit what you want," makes the king laugh, but the resourceful girl uses it to pull the wool over everyone's eyes-literally. As she climbs into her newly knitted red wolf suit, Roselupin calls to mind Maurice Sendak's Max. Indeed, her actions that follow are very much like those of the wild things, as she grows and bursts beyond the confines of the page frames and then revels in eating, dancing, and howling her way through the day. As she sleeps freely under the stars that night, she dreams of dancing with other wolves in a circle. Though her wolf suit unravels, and the misguided king once again locks her up, Roselupin is not out of wool yet. In a very satisfying conclusion, she gives the king a taste of his own medicine and the last glimpse readers have is of her joining the circle of villagers dancing. Shannon's brightly colored illustrations and the creative design and layout enrich this original, delightful tale. A thoroughly enjoyable story of empowerment.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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