(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Published by Icasm Press on November 20, 2014
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Every opportunity that I get to read a picture book with my soon to be middle schooler, I get excited. Pulling the little one aside, we looked at the cover of this picture book and his first expression was, “The boy who can’t cry wolf? Now that’s different.” That’s when our journey began. This time I read to him. The main character Bryon has a problem. He can’t howl. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t do it. You see Bryon, along with the other villagers are werewolves. Each with the ability to howl, with the exception of Bryon. Knowing this, Bryon is very disappointed in himself and doesn’t want others to know. Bryon, does decide to reach out to others for guidance, to see if just maybe he will be able to howl before the big day that he is assigned to lead the pack in howling.
At the end of the book I asked the little one what did he like best about the book, he stated the moral of the story. I would have to agree. There is truly a teachable moment in the story that is good for all young readers. The story flowed very smoothly. If I had one concern, it would be the illustrations. The village setting, the occupations of the villagers etc. did not appear to match the image of Bryon and his family, especially the clothing. Overall, the illustrations just didn’t excite me, but the content and storyline did. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Blackwell.