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It's been ten years since Blue Wolf lost his eye and pack in an accident, and was shipped off to various zoos. Since then, he's had as little to do with the humans as possible, mostly ignoring them. That's all very well until Africa, an african boy, comes and stands outside his pen, watching for several days. Eventually, Blue Wolf gets fed up, and starts staring Back at Africa. The two then share the stories of how they came to be there.
Originally written in French (under the name of 'L'?il du Loup') by the French author David Pennac, but later got translated into English, and won the 'Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation'. It's pretty short and can be finished in a couple of of hours, and also a bit rare, but definitely worth taking a look at.
This book includes examples of:
- Big Badass Wolf: Most of the wolves, especially Blue Wolf and his father Great Wolf.
- Friend to All Living Things: Africa.
- Mind Screw: At times.
- Parental Abandonment: Africa's mother is dead, we're not really sure what happened to his father, and Blue Wolf's father is dead.
- Talking Animal: Kiiinda. It's a bit fuzzy though.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Averted.....in a way.