Sunday, August 26, 2018
In the Wolf's Lair
Anna Starobinets has created an anthropomorphic tale both clever and witty. The animal kingdom of In the Wolf's Lair resembles an English village, complete with pub owners, wait staff, lawyers, and detectives. The latter honor belongs to a badger and his sidekick affectionately called a "badgercat" (as in he's really a cat but was raised by--and believes himself to be--a badger).
The animal kingdom has been disrupted by the violent murder of Mr. Rabbit. Tell-tale blood and fur spark off the hunt for the guilty party. Perfect for middle grade readers, the book is not too violent, has corny humor and delightful illustrations for each chapter heading. Children will love the descriptions of the animals and how badger saves the day.
And just as badger is looking forward to finally being able to hibernate, another case falls into his lap which is a fun way to signal to young readers that a sequel will be on its way. The book would be especially entertaining to read aloud (with various voices for each animal of course!).
This entertaining book will be available September 12, 2018 and available for pre-order at Amazon. A great book for mystery-loving kids and animal lovers alike. In the Wolf's Lair will tempt even the most reluctant reader.
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of In the Wolf's Lair from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.