When big feelings come, do you ever feel like howling at the moon? Maggie does. Howl is an empowering story of a young girl's self-expression.
Maggie has had a very bad day.
First of all, the sun was the wrong shape, in a sky that was too blue. The spaghetti was too long, and her pyjamas were the wrong kind of pyjama.
Then Maggie begins to have wolfish thoughts ...
Kat Patrick recently realised they never actually grew up, and so they’ve been trying to make a living as a writer ever since. Originally from the UK, they have written their way around the world, and after stints in New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Paris, and Patagonia, are now based in Glasgow.
Evie Barrow is an artist and illustrator passionate about artful picture books for both kids and adults. Her hand-drawn style celebrates the textures and imperfections made by hand. When she’s done sharpening pencils and untangling thread she enjoys watching Nordic Noir and Wes Anderson movies, reading and walking around the Melbourne neighbourhood where she now lives with her husband and their thirteen year old cat, Millie.
"Illustrations are bright and sketchy, with a loose, windblown feeling and coloured-pencil lines going everywhere in all directions; this matches Maggie's frustration and then her freedom...Pair with Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault's brilliant Virginia Wolf (2012)."
"In a fantastical narrative that mirrors the plot of Where the Wild Things Are, a child learns to resolve overwhelming feelings...Scribbly strokes of colored pencil, chalk pastel, and wax crayon appropriately illustrate Maggie's frustrations. The refrain "If I am a [person], I am also a wolf" paints personhood as part and parcel of having wolfish feelings, and Wolf Mom's advice ("Take a deep breath. Count to seven, which is ten in human breaths, and imagine your biggest feelings flying into the sky") will prove useful for anyone having one of those days."
"There's a timelessness to the tale and an utter lack of judgment in the message: it's OK to be a little wild every once in a while. Especially when it's one of those days."
"[A] great story about helping children get through some of their intense emotions."
--Kristin Guay, Youth Services Book Review
It's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day meets Where the Wild Things Are. Maggie already had so many misfortunes (her spaghetti was too long, the sky was too blue) when her two front teeth fall out. Fangs grow in their place, and she begins to have "wolfish thoughts." The pencil and pastel drawings show how she resolves her feelings in an unexpected way.
"[A] celebration of recognizing and resolving the strong emotions that we feel. Not only for kids, but also adults."
--Houston Library Finds
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