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The Wolf Suit

Interest Age: 6–11
Grade: 1–6
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.2.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Reading Level: Lexile 580L
Hardcover : 9781773217208, 128 pages, October 2022 , 9.0" x 7.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773217215, October 2022


“Gorgeous.”—The New York Times • Best Books of 2022 lists: NYPL, School Library Journal, The Globe and Mail, Indigo • JLG Gold Standard Selection • Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner • Kids Indie Next Pick

Bellwether Riggwelter is, once again, out of blackberries. This time, rather than tiptoe through a forest full of predators, he comes up with a new plan. He will keep himself safe by blending in—he will sew a Wolf Suit! The disguise works perfectly . . . sort of. Bellwether realizes he can’t enjoy the forest in a bulky suit, and he may not be the only creature in the forest who feels that way. Perhaps not everyone is as wolfish as they appear.

With humor, darkness, and insight reminiscent of Jon Klassen and Edward Gorey, Sid Sharp turns the idiom “wolf in sheep’s clothing” on its head.

This award-winning hilarious and touching graphic novel debut about the pressures of conformity and conquering fear by finding community is the perfect contemporary folktale to press into the hands of anyone who has felt they need to pretend to be someone else.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


"Genuinely lovely. A gorgeous palette of colours and emotions with illustrations that leap off the page."

- Matthew Forsythe, creator of MINA, and Pokko and the Drum

"A lovely, lush allegory about the joys and terrors of trying on a new look."

- Michael DeForge, Eisner Award-nominated creator of Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

“Poignant affirmation that friendships can blossom when we are brave enough to reveal our true selves.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“A timeless message presented in an enthralling tale. Highly recommended for purchase.”

- School Library Journal, *starred review

“The gorgeous black and dark blue backgrounds, thick with night, make the opening of the curtain, and the sunlight that spills onto the last page, feel like another undressed window through which we can better see the self.”

- The New York Times