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Awards And Reviews

Batchelder Honor Book 2010

ALA Notable Books 2010

Prix de l’album 2007 Cherbourg

Prix France Télévision 2006

Prix des Enfants 2006 du Salon Chrétien de Troyes

Prix littéraire jeunesse de 2006 Chambray-les-tours

Adopted by the French National curriculum

About the Book

Big Wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill. He is alone, but happy. One day he sees another wolf approaching, a little wolf. Without a word, Little Wolf sits down next to Big Wolf. He stays all night and all the next day. At first Big Wolf is suspicious. He also is worried that Little Wolf will grow bigger and become a rival. After a while, however, he starts to feel fond of his small companion. He decides to let Little Wolf share his covers, just a little, so he isn’t cold at night. The next day he shares some of his lunch. Just as Big Wolf is starting to get used to his new friend, and even to care for him, Little Wolf disappears. Big Wolf is too proud to cry or get upset, but the reader cannot miss the great mix of emotions he feels, which are movingly portrayed in Olivier Tallec’s sensitive illustrations. Big Wolf loses his appetite and cannot sleep. He spends his time staring at the horizon, waiting for Little Wolf to return, but without the slightest reason to hope that he will. But with the arrival of spring Little Wolf does return. Big Wolf is so happy his heart almost bursts. The two wolves shyly admit that without each other they found life lonely. Never again will they leave each other’s side.

 

« Three Stars – Outstanding. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! WONDERFUL story, awesome illustrations. Just an enjoyable, colorful book you can immerse yourself in. All about sharing and friendship and nowhere near overdoing it it with heavy-handedness like many books today. Just a great story that your child will love to have you read to him and you’ll enjoy it just as much. Great storytelling! » – Lisa Barker, JellyMom.com

« Long-snouted, fangless, decidedly unscary wolves–one large and black, one small and blue–step tentatively toward companionship in this charming French import. Big Wolf is content with his solitary life when Little Wolf comes « from so far away that at first he looked no bigger than a dot. » The two appraise each other gently, and soon Big Wolf shares just a bit of his leaf blanket, exercise routine, and fruit. Then Little Wolf disappears. The matter-of-fact telling and Tallec’s illustrations, spare of detail, saturated with brilliant color, keep this tale of absence and hearts grown fond from becoming saccharine. Emotions are conveyed through gestures and askance glances. When Big Wolf peers into the distance for a glimpse of Little Wolf or clutches his heart, words are barely needed. Thankfully all ends well. A Visitor for Bear (2008) by Bonny Becker covers similar territory more raucously, but sensitive children will feel satisfied with the wolves’ quiet resolution. This is a book that deserves a place on readers’ shelves and in their hearts. — Karen Cruze, Booklist

« Big Wolf lived all alone at the top of a hill under a tree. But then one day, Little Wolf came and stayed under Big Wolf’s tree. The two wolves didn’t talk, but they watched each other. When night fell, Big Wolf shared a small corner of his leaf blanket with him. In the morning, Little Wolf climbed the tree following Big Wolf and did exercises together. Big Wolf shared his meal with Little Wolf but still never talked with him. Big Wolf headed out for his walk, looking back and seeing Little Wolf get smaller and smaller in the distance. When he returned to the tree though, Little Wolf was gone. Big Wolf was shocked, astounded to find that he missed Little Wolf deeply. So what is a lone wolf to do when he finds himself to be more of a LONELY wolf?
Brun-Cosme has created a picture book with a unique feel. Her wording is simple and almost bare. It is through that very minimalist writing that the emotions are really clear and powerful. It is also a format that works well for a lone wolf and his simple life. Tallec’s art is different here than in some of his other work (like Rita and Whatsit). He uses paint to create a world of open fields and wide skies, but plays with color to make it a world in a vivid palette of pinks, yellows, blues, and greens. This depth of color and strong lines make the illustrations a foil for the simple words.
This book speaks to the lonely of us, the confused, the awkward. It is a picture book that every child will understand whether they have been Little or Big. Appropriate for ages 4-6. » – Kids Lit

« For a while now I’ve made a small hobby out of trying to find children’s books that do not demonize wolves. I’m not talking about the many fine nonfiction titles about the animal, but picture books that include wolves as characters. Generally, they are pretty much always out to eat everybody in their path, and enjoying the prospect of all those tasty meals. That is why I was so very surprised to discover Nadine Brun-Cosme’s very sweet Big Wolf & Little wolf. In this story, which is about an unexpected friendship, the two solitary wolves meet and gently reach out to each other. Big Wolf in particular is set in his ways and not too sure if he needs a friend. Little Wolf, who is a lovely shade of blue, is the far more easygoing member of the duo. Big Wolf does not reach out though, and when he goes for a walk one day and returns Little Wolf is gone. That is when he realizes how much he did want a friend and patiently sets to waiting for his return.
It’s a picture book about friendship, so I’m sure you know what happens in the end.
Big Wolf & Little wolf is a very gentle story and Olivier Tallec’s impressionist illustrations complement it in every way. The wolves are almost childish in appearance but their very mature concern for friends, and their uncertainty about how to be them, will echo with anyone who has ever wanted to make the first move but been unsure how to do it. The message is clear but the story so straightforward that it’s hard to resist. This is another wonderful bedtime book that will provide some easy food for thought and might help a child or two work out a few social questions of their own. The fact that wolves are the good guys here is just some fabulous icing on the cake. » — Colleen Mondor, eclectica.org

Read Colleen’s wonderful essay about the three Wolf titles here 

Big Wolf and Little Wolf

Review by Colleen Mondor


I have written in the past about Nadine Brun-Cosme’s delightful picture book adventures with « Big Wolf and Little Wolf » but now, on the release of their final story, it seems fitting to address the three books as a whole. Together, they take readers from initial meeting through careful development of their friendship, the tenderness of a special gift, and ultimately to the realization of just how important they have become to each other. Along the way, both wolves, drawn in an exaggerated fun style (Little Wolf is a brilliant blue) by Olivier Tallec, have some grand adventures while coming to treasure each other. It’s sweet but not cloying and manages to blend the importance of relationships with a few laughs and eye-rolling moments as well.

The first title, Big Wolf & Little Wolf, finds Big Wolf blissfully living a solitary existence under the perfect tree in a great meadow. Little Wolf arrives eager to be friends but is rebuffed. Slowly Big Wolf lets down his guard and begins to consider that his life with Little Wolf might be a good thing. Then Little Wolf decides to away and Big Wolf is bereft. He thinks of all the ways that Little Wolf has made his life better and then, in the final pages, when Little Wolf returns they both decide that it is better to be together than apart.

In the second book, Big Wolf & Little Wolf: The Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall, the seasons are changing and all the leaves are falling from the tree. Big Wolf and Little Wolf have fallen into an easy life together (as the story opens they are playing tennis in the meadow) and so when Little Wolf shows an interest in the last leaf on the tree, Big Wolf is determined to climb up and get it. What follows are some funny moments as Big Wolf creeps up the tree (wolves are not known for their climbing abilities) and then a near tragedy when the leaf crumbles in Big Wolf’s hand. Tallec captures the stunned look on Little Wolf’s face, eyes wide with shock, a knit cap on his head and red mittens on his hands, as « all the pieces blew farther and father away ». But Brun-Cosme turns this instead into a gentle moment of discovery as the friends relish in just how precious the leaf truly was and thus the specialness of Big Wolf’s attempt at recovering it for his friend.

Finally, in Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange, the prize is a fruit, « so round, so sweet and so bright » that both of them want to have it. Big Wolf reaches it but decides to share, tossing it to Little Wolf below. The orange goes too far however and disappears down the hill. Little Wolf goes after it and when he does not return, Big Wolf goes after him.

This is the first look at life beyond the tree, meadow and hill that readers are given and what they find is a huge city that completely surrounds the park. Big Wolf, who quickly finds the orange, is overwhelmed by the buildings and noise. He becomes lost and afraid until a desperate trip on a train brings him to the end of the line and there is Little Wolf! With orange still in hand the wolves are reunited near a new tree and meadow that this time is right next to a beach. They decide this is an even better place to live and in the final two page spread are running joyfully across the sand, intent on hitting the waves and in the last picture, fishing in the great blue water.

When Betsy Bird reviewed the first book for School Library Journal, she noted that it seemed to particularly appeal to children with a new sibling:

In a lot of ways this is one great big metaphor for getting a new sibling. There’s someone new, they’re smaller than you, and they seem to want to do everything you do. So you tolerate their presence for a time, but if they were actually to go away permanently you’d feel just terrible. You can’t help but love how insecure Big Wolf is too. He’s constantly afraid that Little Wolf is going to best him in some way. That he might be bigger, or a better climber, or be superior in any way, shape, or form. The fact that Little Wolf simply could not be more unthreatening never seems to occur to the larger fellow. He’s so desperate to be superior, that when Little Wolf takes off, the emotional vacuum he leaves behind catches the big guy entirely out of the blue. One does have to wonder what Little Wolf is getting out of this relationship, but if the book’s a sibling metaphor anyway then Little Wolf is just content to bask in the presence of his big hero.

I agree, although I also think the books work brilliantly as a slightly demented series of buddy novels. I say demented because the guys are really quite funny—they don’t respond as you think they would or in necessarily the most logical matter, but the end result is always a hoot and they’re so happy together that you can’t resist them. They are sweet stories and with Tallec’s sweeping illustrations carry an old world feel. (I agree with Betsy that Brun-Cosme’s French sensibility carries through even though the translation from Claudia Bedrick is seamless.) Most importantly the characters are so appealing that readers will be delighted to follow them on their adventures. Consider them a more cosmopolitan Toot and Puddle, easily recognizable but a little more interesting then the average tale. One of the things I especially enjoyed was the notion of wolves as friends in peaceful stories without even the hint of violence. It seems like every other animal has enjoyed it’s moment in the sun, we’re way past that moment for wolves.

With a color palette that draws in all the senses, characters who induce laughter and tender smiles and an overall aesthetic that will appeal to the artier sensibility of adult and child, the Big Wolf and Little Wolf series is wholly original and unforgettable. They are books to hold on to and for certain thoughtful children will be treasures beyond childhood.

Big Wolf & Little Wolf
By Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Enchanted Lion Books 2009
ISBN 978-1-59270-084-4

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: The Little Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall
By Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Translated by Claudia Bedrick
Enchanted Lion Books 2009
ISBN 978-1-59270-088-2

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange!
By Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Translated by Claudia Bedrick
Enchanted Lion Books 2011
ISBN 978-1-59270-106-3

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About the Book

BIG WOLF AND LITTLE WOLF, SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ORANGE! takes Big Wolf on a journey through the urban jungle and out to the beach. Who said wolves had to howl in the woods!

Book one, BIG WOLF AND LITTLE WOLF , was a Batchelder Honor book for 2010, one of the only picture books ever to win this distinction.

Book two, BIG WOLF AND LITTLE WOLF, THE LITTLE LEAF THAT WOULDN’T FALL , received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Awards and Reviews

« 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 4–8. » – Publishers Weekly

« Even younger readers will be caught up in Big Wolf’s odyssey and rejoice when he at last tracks down his errant buddy. » –Kirkus

« Children and adults will love « Big Wolf & Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange! » Its authenticity encourages the spirit to stretch and grow, once again. » – The Midwest Book Review

Read Colleen Mondor’s wonderful essay about the three Wolf titles here .

« Tallec’s beautifully composed spreads, rich with blues, greens and yellows, are a marvel of soft, richly applied hues and dark swaths of color for contrast, and the two characters, formed with a lithe roundness and sense of vitality, will engage readers. This happily ever after tale offers numerous possibilities for discussion about give-and-take of friendship as well as the artistry of illustration. » – Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

« These funny, quirky, and quietly reflective picture books are about love – who we love, and why we love, and the lengths we will go for love. » – Donna McKinnon, 32pages.ca

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