Wolf Story, written by William McCleery in 1947, was a gift for my 6 year old son, but we were all delighted as we read it aloud.
The premise of the book is so simple; a boy and his father are creating an ongoing story about a wolf who is trying to get a hen named Rainbow. Cunning problem solving and humorous word play keep the story moving along.
If your family loves telling stories and creating characters, you will recognize the situations and minor annoyances as the father indicates he is ready to move on from the wolf story, but the boy keeps re-envisioning it.
We were able to read it in 2 nights and all 3 of my kids enjoyed it. This would be a perfect gift for a young boy (maybe with a stuffed wolf or chicken?). In fact, it will go out as a gift several times from our family this year.
By the way, are you familiar with the New York Review Children's Collection? We have many books from this publisher and they are all great.
If you love vintage kid's lit, I urge you to check out their offerings.
What books were a hit at your house this holiday season?