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Written by Mac Burnett and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Published 2017 by Walker Books.
Mac Burnett tells a wonderful story which, due to the traditional characters who feature, has a fairy-tale feel about it that is reinforced by the traditional language used. The fable explains why the wolf howls at the moon but also teaches the reader that those of us who have a positive and flexible outlook on life will flourish – just like the duck.
Klassen’s artwork complements the story perfectly, he leaves behind the minimalism of ‘Triangle’ and ‘Square’ and adopts a more ‘painterly’ style. The wolf has a look of Klassen’s fox in ‘Pax’ by Sarah Pennypacker but he seems to be a little less refined.
There is little doubt in my mind that this book is worthy of its place on the shortlist on the Klaus Flugge Prize.