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Woolvs in the Sitee

by Margaret Wild
Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

Published by U.S. edition: Front Street, 2007
40 pages
ISBN: 1-59078-500-2

Age 11 and older

Woolvs In the Sitee is written in the invented spelling style of Ben, a preteen boy living alone in an unknown city in strange circumstances. Dark, jagged illustrations visually reinforce Ben’s plea that something sinister has taken over: “These woolvs are hatefuls. And hating. They are in the sitee. They are evereewhere. They spare no won.” These wolves are not “luvlee wyld creechis, running in the woods” but representative of an unknown evil. Mrs. Radinski is the only ally Ben has, but her interpretation of the outside forces is different. The borders of reality are murky in this haunting story, but as a mature and metaphoric picture book it invites discussion about dissolution of safety and sanity.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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