By Sarah Finn
Erik The Lone Wolf by Sarah Finn is a beautifully illustrated, charming debut picture book which has been published to coincide with the 2018 Seoul Winter Olympics.
Erik is a young wolf in a wolf pack. After getting annoyed with his pack one too many times for telling him what to do, he decides to set off on his own and become a lone wolf.
He feels like he’s having the best time until disaster strikes and he’s stuck in the cold and darkness all alone. Will the pack come to rescue him, or is he truly on his own?
Erik represents rebellious children who want to run away from home and regret it as soon as they go a little “too far” away from safety. Finan has written a tale that many children will connect with and parents will enjoy reading with them.
Learning and enjoyment
This story will teach children the value of family, friendship and teamwork. They will be able to recognise themselves and their families or friends in the characters.
Both children and adults will relate to Erik and the desire to run away sometimes. After reading this, children will learn what their family are really there for, and be reminded that their nagging is what keeps them safe.
Children will enjoy the textured artwork on the hard cover, influenced by 20th century printmakers, as well as the furry paintings of the wolves. Finan placed second in the 2015 Macmillan Prize for Illustration.
A must-read for children who are sporty and love watching the Winter Olympics.