Written by Ana Maria Machado
Illustrated by Laurent Cardon
Publication Date April 01, 2010
Manny is looking for a job. He sees an ad in the paper "Wolf Wanted," and although a real wolf is wanted, he responds anyway since his surname is "Wolf." Luckily for Manny, so many wolves respond to the ad that a new job has to be created to answer all the letters. He is chosen for the new job because he is such a good writer. And fortunately, he also loves to read and knows many stories, and so he can see through the wolves' letters, with their glowing descriptions of themselves, and discern their true natures.
Manny recognizes the different wolves as characters from "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs" and Aesop's Fables and "Peter and the Wolf," for example. He finally decides that the problem is with the ad itself, which he rewrites, clarifying that a real wolf is wanted so that a documentary can be made to show people what real wolves are like. The book concludes with a non-fiction spread, illustrated with photos, which describes the current predicament of wolves all over the world.
Ana Maria Machado
Ana Maria Machado is one of the world's most distinguished writers for children, with more than 100 books published in her native Brazil and in more than 18 other countries. She has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Iberoamerican Children's Literature Award, and she has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters — the first writer for children to be so honored. She has also been chosen for the honor list of the highly prestigious Dutch Prince Claus Award. Groundwood has published two of her novels, Me in the Middle (Américas Award Commended List) and From Another World, and her picture books Wolf Wanted, which won the Hors Concours (FNLIJ), and What a Party! Ana Maria lives in Rio de Janeiro.
Laurent Cardon works as a storyboarder and teaches film. He has illustrated many books, winning the Hors Concours (FNLIJ) twice. He lives in Sao Paulo.
"It is rare that a plea for conservation can be embedded so happily, so humorously, in a picture book as well as this one is." Globe and Mail
"The story’s understated wit is magnified to high comedy in Cardon’s dramatic, mixed-media illustrations." Booklist
"The artwork adds interest and appeal..." CM Magazine
"a wonderful story...a valuable contribution to the classroom library." Multicultural Review
"Machado makes us think about the play between the fairy tale figure and the real thing, a gentle nudge toward conservation made comic through Cardon's exaggerated characters and collage illustrations." Toronto Star
"A howling success..."