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Sharing With Wolf by Melinda Szymanik and Nikki Slade Robinson

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Sheep is desperate for somewhere to live, but perhaps a little too trusting of a potential and menacing housemate. Sheep does his best to convince Wolf that he'd be the perfect partner to share a home with - but Wolf knows herself too well and warns Sheep that she wouldn't make the best housemate.

I had the absolute pleasure of reading this book without knowing anything about it - and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Which makes it hard to write a book review without spoiling it for everyone else.

But Szymanik's tongue-in-cheek humour is a delight that will absolutely appeal to both the reader and the listener. If you're little reader is a little...sensitive, perhaps a quick pre-read beforehand would be of benefit.

But for those of us with children who have a quirky sense of humour, this book is brilliant.

Illustrator Nikki Slade Robinson does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, but also with telling the story.

While the ending is a left a little open-ended, for those with eagle eyes, a clever addition leaves no illusion as to what happens.

It was refreshing to read a story with a female lead - and even better that she's a bit wild, but still self-aware. Without giving too much away, it was also a delight to have a story that flips what you would normally expect from a children's book. While the title might suggest what sort of 'lesson' children might learn through this book, expect the unexpected.

Sharing With Wolf is a brilliant, funny, slightly dark story that will delight those of us looking for a children's book with a bit of spunk.

Reviewer: Rebekah Lyell

Scholastic, RRP $19.99


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