I don’t know whether I should spend the next couple minutes laughing or just sit with this feeling of utter confusion until it passes. The Wolf Will Not Come by Myriam Ouyessad and Illustrated by Ronan Badel is ten thousand percent not the book I expected it to be. And, I imagine, there is very little likelihood that it will be the book you expect it to be, either. It doesn’t even matter, if you pick it up, that you’ve read this review. Honestly, I don’t think anyone will ever see this particular twist coming. And I’m not going to give any of you even the slightest clue as to what it is because, frankly, I can’t decide if it was brilliant or stupid.
What it does come down to, though, is the fact that I straight up loved this book. I have very little reasonable reason for why I loved this book. I can say that it doesn’t follow what I typically expect from children’s books and that in and of itself makes the four star rating I gave it a rather rare occurrence. The author should be proud, honestly, for having gotten me to fall in love with what I might otherwise consider an incredibly inane story. But it’s honestly one of the best children’s books that I, personally, have ever read. Now, I don’t know how much this book is going to teach a kid, but for once I am perfectly fine with it.
Little rabbit is lying in bed as his mother goes about tucking him in, asking questions about what would happen if and simply whether or not a wolf came. Mother rabbit, of course, continues to assure her child that the wolf will not be able to come no matter what, but as all children do, little rabbit keeps asking “what if” questions. All the while the artwork illustrates the scene around the room and also the questions about the wolf that the young rabbit is asking. And I have to say, those illustrations are quite beautiful in so many ways.
I think you’ll be picking up a treasure if you decide to get this book. I imagine that there may be some who hate it, but I know that there will be some like me who, despite the ridiculousness, fall in love. And I suggest you grab it to find out.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.