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Wolfie & Fly

Fagan, Cary (Author)
Si, Zoe (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2018. 90 pages
First published: 2017
Series: Wolfie & Fly
ISBN: 9781101919392 (paperback)
9781101918203 (hardcover)
9781101918210 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Realistic

Text Elements:

character, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Renata Wolfman (Wolfie) is a self-proclaimed loner. Her parents encourage her to make friends with their next-door neighbour, Livingston Flott (Fly), but she sees other people as a nuisance.

One Saturday, while Renata is putting the finishing touches on a submarine made from a cardboard refrigerator box, the doorbell rings and a flustered Livingston, with a guitar over his shoulder, insists on hiding out from his older brother in her house. The mismatched pair embark on a wildly imaginative adventure under the sea.

Told in a humorous, fast-paced tone, this early chapter book is packed with dialogue that captures the quirkiness of the characters and moves the action forward. “She and Livingston watched as the orange-and-white-striped fish darted back and forth. ‘It’s so beautiful,’ said Renata.... ‘This is such a special moment. I feel a song coming on.’ ‘Please don’t, Fly.’ But he was already strumming his guitar.”

Charming black-and-white illustrations punctuate the adventure. A full-page image shows the friends snacking while they admire a giant squid from their portal. Smaller sketches depict details of fish or a control panel and break up the text nicely.

Despite Renata’s reluctance to be imaginative or allow other people to get close, it turns out this zany pair just might need each other.

  •  

    Discuss these questions: Do people need friendship? Why might someone not want to have any friends?

  •  Can you connect to this story in any way? Have you ever been so completely involved in an activity that you get carried away in your imagination and time slips by? Have you ever read a story or watched a film in which this happens?
  •  Livingston bangs on Renata’s door begging to be let in. This is a symbol of Renata letting someone into her life. Can you name other ways that she let Livingston into her life?
  •  

    Renata never says explicitly that she is allowing her imagination to flow more freely but we can infer this from her words. Which words reveal her change of mindset?

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Physical Education and Health