Title: Wolf Will Not Come
Author: Myriam Ouyessad
Illustrator: Ronan Badel
Rabbit can’t sleep. Not when there’s a wolf somewhere out there. No matter how much Mum tries to reassure Rabbit, Rabbit is not convinced Wolf won’t find a way to get to them. But will the wolf come?
The back and forth of the child-parent conversation is so recognisable and Ronan has added a new layer of depth to the book, by using the right-hand side of each spread to show the child’s concern that the wolf is getting closer.
The images of the wolf also bring humour to what could otherwise have been a scary story. My favourite spread was when Wolf tries to sneak past Rabbit’s elderly neighbour to gain access to the building.
There is also a killer twist ending, but I’ll leave you to discover that for yourself!
There is an authenticity in the conversation between Rabbit and Mum that makes this story relatable and a unique way to explore childhood anxiety. The twist ending also brings a lovely, fun, and unexpected resolution.
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Publication date: 16 August 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.