Taret audience: 8+
Eye of the Wolf is a short but beautiful story told from two perspectives. Blue Wolf has a sad tale to tell of how he came to be held in captivity in the zoo. The boy - whose name I shall not reveal because it is a part of his story - tells a remarkable tale of survival, hope and friendship. Both stories intertwine beautifully.
The wolf's narrative is incredibly descriptive and expertly communiates the world through an animal's perspective. Blue Wolf's memories of his family are endearing and gentle. He has a very distinctive voice which I found a joy to read. The boy's narrative is a more amusing tale as he finds ingenious ways to ensure his survival. He is a storyteller and there is a folk tale feel to his voice that I really enjoyed.
This novel is very short but in just 110 pages I felt that I understood Alaska from a wolf's viewpoint and that I had travelled the breadth of Africa. Eye of the Wolf will be the other book in my project at work and I use it with my students to discuss cultural differences, animal viewpoints, captivity versus freedom, slavery and literature in translation.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It is an uplifting tale of friendship and survival. Adams has most skilfully translated Pennac's story so that every word is truly enchanting.