Wolfie the Bunny By Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Would you trust a wolf in sheep’s clothing? No… What about a wolf in a pink bunny onesie?

The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?

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I am drawn to the illustrations by Zachariah OHora like a moth to a flame. The colours are bold and bright with thick black outlines. The colour palette is perfect, the bright yellow, soft pink and splashes of green complement each other; they look confident and stand out on the pages.

It’s refreshing to have characters express emotions like fear and anger. The facial expressions and amusing details portray this well, the red spikes radiating from Dot’s head and down-turned eyebrows made me smile. A good example of the subtle humour can be found on the page where an untrusting Dot is sleeping next to her new wolf brother, she has her head turned to the side with a head lamp pointed at her soundly-sleeping sibling. He looks peaceful and innocent while tucked up under the covers; however the shadow cast from the torch shows a more menacing picture.

The book plays with the roles of these characters in traditional fairy tales in order to build suspense and challenge the reader’s preconceptions of how they should behave towards one another.

In conclusion, a book full of fun, wit and gorgeous illustrations. Highly recommended.

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