Title: Wolf Wanted
Author: Ana Maria Machado
Illustrator: Laurent Cardon
Translator: Elisa Amado
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Concepts: jobs, human resources, job search
Review: Although Manny Wolf was more man than wolf, he still decided to respond to a job ad seeking a wolf. After all, he had the Wolf name, he understood the instructions about sending a CV and cover letter, and he really needed a job. It turns out that even though the company really did want an actual wolf, they still hired Manny. A large number of wolves had applied for the job, and the company needed someone to read and answer all their letters.
Not only did Manny have excellent writing skills, he also knew his wolves. So when the big bad wolves from various fairy tales and fables wrote seemingly innocent inquiries, Manny could see their cunning ways and reply accordingly. It took many such responses for Manny to figure out he was having trouble finding the perfect candidate because the job ad was too vague. Could he rectify the situation?
Wolf Wanted provides children with a humorous and somewhat unusual description of the job search process and the role of want ads. Although the book has mostly a tongue-in-cheek approach, it transitions rather quickly at the end to a more serious look at the endangerment of wolves around the world. Younger children may find this transition confusing, while older children should be able to get past this literary twist and appreciate the lessons both on job search and on wildlife preservation.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children