The Pup Who Cried Wolf

The Pup Who Cried Wolf

April 27, 2010
Ages 7 and up

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Lobo is a tiny Chihuahua with a big dream—to join a wolf pack. When Lobo's owner takes her pets on vacation to Yellowstone National Park, Lobo thinks he'll finally have the opportunity to find his wolf-brothers. But he doesn't count on a strict park rule that will keep him on a leash! With the help of his endearingly quirky family—a smart Spanish-speaking parrot named Glory and a wisecracking white rat named Heckles—Lobo finally slips his leash and gets a chance to run with the wolves. But is the wild really where a feisty little five-pound pup belongs?


Finalist for the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award

North Dakota Children's Book Award Winner


From School Library Journal
Gr 2-4–Lobo, a five-pound Chihuahua who lives in New York City, dreams of someday connecting with his roots by running with a wolf pack. In the meantime, he lives the life of a pampered city pooch, enjoying regular walks, good food, and naps in his mistress's lap. Besides having Mona to love, Lobo has two "siblings," an overweight rat named Heckles and a Spanish-speaking parrot named Glory. When Mona announces that they will all be taking a family vacation to Yellowstone, Lobo is beside himself with excitement, for he's sure to meet his wolf brothers there. Lobo's narration is funny and engaging. He has little insight into his size or poor judgment when it comes to meeting a predatory wolf pack, and the author deftly takes advantage of this irony. When he finally gets his wish, he needs the help of Heckles and Glory to free him from his dream, which has quickly become a nightmare. Children will love this humorous story and empathize with feisty, misguided Lobo as he realizes the error of his ways. A few black-and-white illustrations, some full page, are scattered throughout. This story will appeal to beginning chapter book and reluctant readers alike.Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist
Lobo, a Chihuahua with an attitude, lives in New York City with his owner, Mona, and fellow pets Heckles, a white rat, and Glory, a parrot. Lobo dreams of running with a wolf pack, and when Mona announces that she is going to Yellowstone for a family reunion, he thinks he sees his chance. With Heckles and Glory along for the ride, the foursome makes its way across the country. Upon arrival in Yellowstone, Lobo finds that the national park's strict leash laws make it nearly impossible for him to join a pack, but he does manage to escape and discovers that the wolves view him more as a snack than a soul mate. Kurtz serves up a light and entertaining novel, based on a premise that is probably true: yappy little dogs really do think that they are channeling their wolf ancestors. Francis' frequent drawings extend the action and fun. Pair this with Patricia Finney's I, Jack (2004) or M. E. Kerr's Snakes Don't Miss Their Mothers (2003). Grades 3-5. --Todd Morning --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.