Kid’s Book Review: Fourteen Wolves

Kid’s Book Review: Fourteen Wolves

About the Book and Author

This is a true story about three wolf packs who were reintroduced to a National Park in the United States. The illustrations are beautiful and the design of the words (font) and layout makes it unusual and interesting for readers. Written by a creative team who love nature and care about the environment we really liked the story and the way it is told and presented. Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending us a copy to enjoy reading and reviewing. If you scroll down you will read ten-year-old Adam’s opinion of it.

In fairy tales, howling wolves make us shudder. They’ve been hunted, captured and banished from many countries. When wolves disappeared from Yellowstone Park in the 1930s, the ecosystem started to collapse. Enormous herds of elk swarmed the plains, bears starved, rabbit families shrunk and birds flew away to new homes. Plants vanished, trees withered and rivers meandered and things did not look good until 1995 when wild wolves were assisted to return to the park. Then everything began to change for the better. This is the story of their homecoming.

Fourteen Wolves

Catherine Barr wrote her first book The Story of Life on evolution after searching in vain for the story (rather than a text book) of evolution for my two girls, then at primary school. So, she unexpectedly became an author… with co-author and science teacher Steve Williams. Their series now includes The Story of Space, The Story of People, The Story of Inventions and The Story of Climate Change. She now spend most of my time researching, writing and imagining nonfiction stories for children. You can find out more about her other books by visiting her website.

Jenni Desmond is an artist, illustrator and award-winning picture book maker. She has created the artwork for 18 books including The Polar Bear and Albert’s Tree and can be read in over 20 languages all over the world. Her books have been featured as a best book of the year in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Brainpickings, and Washington Post amongst others.
​Jenni is passionate about nature and about the environment, and many of her books reflect this. She looks to find beauty and emotion in nature, whether it’s a tiny vein in a delicate leaf or an enormous, silent landscape. Her favourite colour is white because it is so peaceful but it must have shades and textures in it, a smooth warm rock, some scrunched up linen, a rough chalky wall.

Book Review

It would be pretty cool to see a wolf in the wild if it was at a safe distance

When I received this book in the post I thought it was going to be a kiddy book because it was thin but the writing was actually quite professional.

I like wild animals so I thought I would find this book interesting. It was good to read it and it helped me to like wild animals even more. When I looked through it the first thing I noticed was that it wasn’t a simple book, it was detailed and well written so I understood it better. When I read the book it made me feel more knowledgeable about wolves and it was more enjoyable to know that it was based on a true story.

My favourite wolf was wolf 2, he was the black one in the crystal creek/leopold pack. He was my favourite because he was the first one to enter the park. I liked that the wolves returned to the park because they needed to be there or else the ecosystem would still be collapsing. I think it would be pretty cool to see a wolf in the wild if it was at a safe distance.

The illustrations were very intricate, they helped me understand the story.

All in all I would say that this book is good for people who like short stories with lots of facts and detailed information.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Adam
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: BMX-ing, skateboarding and sushi
  • Dislikes: having wet feet and earwigs
  • Favourite Book: Mr Gum by Andy Stanton
  • Favourite Song: Japanese hip hop mixes
  • Favourite Film: Star Wars