A children's book blog by Miriam Rainwater

A children's book blog by Miriam Rainwater

"TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book." ~ Author Unknown

Monday, July 25, 2011

Wiener Wolf

Wiener Wolf Title: Wiener Wolf
Author/Illustrator: Jeff Crosby
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: July 5, 2011

I have not had a picture book make me laugh as much as this one did for a long time. 

Wiener Wolf could be a word-less picture book and still be hilarious.  But it does have words, and they make it even better!

Wiener Dog has found life with Granny to be a bit lame.  Kind of like we all find life sometimes.  But then he sees a television program about wolves and decides that they have the life. Off he goes to the nearest State Park to join a wolf pack.  But is the forest on the other side of the TV really greener?

The illustrations in Wiener Wolf are vivid and exaggerated.  Weiner Dog has a great variety of expressions, and readers can tell that the author/illustrator Jeff Crosby has spent a good bit of his life with his own wiener dogs, Baron and Fritz. 

Though a bit unrealistic when it comes to a wiener dog living with a pack of wolves and not being eaten, Wiener Wolf holds great lessons about contentment, friendship, and love.

Have you had a time where the "other side of the fence" looked better? How did you learn otherwise?

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