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I am a wolf
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"A dog who insists she is a wolf finds the perfect home with a young girl who sees past her prickly personality"--


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A dog who insists she's a wolf finds the perfect home with a young girl who sees past her prickly personality in this pet adoption story that's as laugh-out-loud funny as it is heart-tugging.

When a particularly growly pup finds herself in an animal shelter, she insists that she is a wolf--a lone wolf. After all, she's not sweet, she's not cute, and she is just fine on her own! Luckily, there's one little girl at the shelter who knows that sometimes, good dogs act bad when they feel afraid and that extending a little kindness can help even the most wolfish pup at the pound let down her guard.

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Kelly Leigh Miller is an illustrator and author. She lives in Chicago, IL, with Frankie, her lovable bad-dog-turned-good, the inspiration for I Am a Wolf . This is her debut picture book.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

A small, watermelon-shaped dog with two sharp fangs and prick ears barks like a ferocious wolf. But, judging by the amused expressions on the shelter workers' faces, she's not that scary. Prospective pet owners react differently to the wannabe wolf as she tries to prove herself unadoptable-she tears up her bed ("I am not cute") and gobbles down her food ("I am not sweet"), then sits miserably in her enclosure, quietly insisting "I am a lone wolf." But readers will notice someone noticing her-an exuberant girl in a tutu who kisses her and names her "Wolf." Debut creator Miller's boldly expressive cartoons show the varying temperaments of dogs and humans. Even the lone wolves of the world, her friendly story suggests, need love. Ages 4-8. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Wolf vigorously denies that he's cute. He's wrong.The eponymous wolf is a rotund, fanged, puglike, stray dog, and its first-person narration is printed in emphatic capital letters: "MOST WOLVES LIVE IN PACKSBUT NOT ME. / I AM A LONE WOLF." This last line is accompanied by pictures of two apron-clad people approaching the little dog. The aprons are emblazoned with a paw-print emblem, and the people cautiously crate the dog as it snaps and cries, "BARK BARK BARK." The next spread shows the dog glowering in a pen within a cheery-looking animal shelter. The text reads, "I'M FINE ON MY OWN," as happy, diverse families (notably including same-sex couples) smile while interacting with other dogs. Just below this textual rebuff arrives the girl poised to flout such sentiments. She has brown skin and voluminous, curly black hair, and she's trailed by a woman who reads as her mother, with similar coloring, and a white-appearing, bespectacled man who reads as her dad. Unlike others, the girl is charmed by the dog, who continues to "BARK!" even at sympathetic workers. In a wordless spread, notable for its spare focus on them alone, the girl hugs the dog, then dashes away, leaving it bereft. But! She returns, leash in hand, and Wolf leaves with her family, now exclaiming, "I AM WOLF. / AND THIS IS MY PACK." Working digitally, newcomer Miller creates her cartoon characters with emphatic swatches of matte color against generous white space.Lovable. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

I AM NOT CUTE!!! roars a shelter dog recently rescued off the streets, scowling and proclaiming herself a scary beast and a lone wolf. Unfortunately, as she has the general look of a small, brown potato in Miller's cleanly drawn cartoon closeups, her wildest yaps only leave everyone in sight, even the local pigeons, smiling. The visually presented plot line begins in an alley, where the little boot-chewer is found, caged, and transported to an outdoor pen, joining crowds of happy-looking dogs who are inspected by more crowds of smiling prospective owners. She sees other dogs carried off in loving arms, but will the right family for her ever come along? No fears one glance from Pearl, a button-eyed, brown-skinned child, and the bonding is instant: Wolf? I am Wolf, the new adoptee barks, lunging fiercely against a leash in the final scene of Pearl and her (biracial) parents, and this is my pack. A joyful debut, starring a stray with the force of personality, if definitely not the disposition, of a Chris Raschka dog.--John Peters Copyright 2019 Booklist