Wolf is a short but perfectly formed piece of fiction that, despite its brevity, packs quite a punch.
When Adam develops pains in his fingers, he thinks it’s because he’s been spending too much time playing video games. When his hands turn to claws he realises that something far more horrifying is happening. Donbavand takes the reader through the various stages of Adam’s transformation with relish, emphasising his confusion and panic at what’s happening as well as his parents’ somewhat puzzling response to what’s going on. The story proceeds at pace to a satisfying, twisty resolution
When publishing books targeted at reluctant readers, I suspect there is a tendency to keep things simple and worthy, Barrington Stoke sensibly realise that any reader, regardless of ability, needs to engage with the story and, in the case of Wolf, there is much to enjoy. It is pacey, full of incident, all three characters are well defined and the story ends with a neat twist that wraps things up perfectly.
Although the target audience will find much to enjoy here, other readers looking for something quick to read will get just as much from Wolf. Full credit to publisher, author and illustrator for delivering a compact, effective read that delivers on both its mission statement as well as providing an entertaining 50 page read.