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Mr. Wolf's class
Other title(s):
Mister Wolf's class

First edition.
New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018.
Physical Description:
153 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Series title(s):
Number in series:
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
Vol. 1. Mr. Wolf's Class -- Vol. 2. Mystery Club
Chronicles the everyday adventures of Mr. Wolf, a new teacher at Hazelwood Elementary school, and his class of wild and special students.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 2.1 0.5 197780.


Call Number
J GRAPHIC Steinke, A.
+ Steinke, A. Mr.
JNF 741.5 STEINKE v.1

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From Eisner Award-winning creator Aron Nels Steinke, a vibrant, funny new series that charmingly captures the everyday antics of a fourth-grade classroom!

Mr. Wolf has just started teaching at Hazelwood Elementary. He wants the first day of school to go well, but he's got his hands full with his new class. Some of his students include: Margot , who is new in town and is trying to make friends. Sampson , who brought something special to school for show-and-tell. Aziza , who just wants everyone to be quiet and do their work. And Penny , who is VERY sleepy because she has a new baby brother at home, goes missing! This delightful new series captures the everyday -- and unexpected -- ups and downs of a fourth-grade classroom.

Author Notes

Aron Nels Steinke is the Eisner Award-winning coauthor (with Ariel Cohn) and illustrator of The Zoo Box . He's a second- and third-grade teacher by day, and a cartoonist by night. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.

Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Life in Mr. Wolf's fourth grade classroom is ever changing. Feeling pleased with himself one moment and on the verge of panic the next, Mr. Wolf maintains composure while keeping up with the schedule and dealing with one particularly alarming event. This first book in a new series, based on the author's webcomic, is funny and appealing. Steinke adds hilarity to typical classroom scenarios: rats run away with lunches, and a student asks, "Which do you like better-ice cream or farts?" Children will identify with the distinctly rendered, expressive students. The images are simple and easily understood. With basic dialogue, a soothing setting, and no more than six frames per page, this book is ideal for new chapter book readers and older struggling readers. VERDICT A popular pick for public and elementary schools. Kids will anxiously await the next funny adventure at Hazelwood Elementary.-Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers of this congenial graphic novel by Eisner Award-winning Steinke (The Zoo Box) will settle right into Mr. Wolf's classroom as the new teacher and his animal students get to know each other. Steinke's panel artwork presents multiple points of view, juggling Mr. Wolf's anxiousness to have the first day go right with his student Penny's disappearance (kept up all night by her family's new baby, she falls asleep in a box in the library), the grouchy responses of Aziza (a duck who appears to be on the autism spectrum), and the fast friendship that grows between Sampson and Margaret as they sit together on the bus. The animals are drawn in clear lines and full color with just enough detail to make each one an individual. Classroom jargon adds to the genuine flavor ("Level-one voices in the hallway!" Mr. Wolf calls); all of it will be familiar to students of suburban American schools. Without big highs and lows-the only suspense is whether they'll find Penny or not-the story offers calming reading during spare moments waiting for practice to be over, or for the bus to come. Ages 7-10. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Management. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In this graphic novel, Eisner-winning cartoonist (for The Zoo Box) Steinke portrays the first day of school at Hazelwood Elementary, which sits in a woodland town inhabited by anthropomorphized animals. Mr. Wolf is a new fourth-grade teacher, and his soon-to-be students get their own introductory panels showing each ones last night of summer vacation. The subsequent narrative chronicles the classs first day together, with vignettes showcasing all of the days ups (playing tag at recess, making a diagram of Which do you like better--farts or ice cream?) and downs (a kid goes missing during library, the schools resident rats steal a lunch). The cheerful plot depicts each character with care and depth, and subplots involving the grownups offer insight into what happens with teachers behind the scenes. Internal dialogue (represented through thought bubbles) and visual gags (such as Mr. Wolf reading Little Red Riding Hood) extend the story and provide levity. (In one scene, a speech bubble physically overwhelms a caregiver whose child talks his ear off about her day.) The soft-hued colors and loose, unpretentious lines focus attention on characters expressions, and solid fills of background color emphasize moments of classroom action and child-friendly humor. elisa gall (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Ring the bell! A class of anthropomorphized animals assembles for their first day of school.At Hazelwood Elementary, Mr. Wolf, the new fourth-grade teacher, is looking forward to meeting his class. As the buses roll in and the children arrive, he meets new student Margot, a tawny rabbit; Aziza, a violet duck in a hijab; Penny, a sleepy, apricot-colored pig; and Sampson, a lime-green frog with a beloved shell collection; and more. The narrative lens bounces cheerily around the classroom, from various students to their teacher, encompassing authentic elementary school experiences including embarrassing bathroom moments, cutting in line, silly fart jokes, purloined classroom items, and playground shenanigans. Steinke's character-driven graphic offering pays keen attention to its cheerfully colored denizens, keeping them centered in his cleanly rendered panels and utilizing close-ups to highlight emotion and expression. Young readers should easily self-identify with fifth-grade teacher Steinke's varied and sharply observed characters and wryly perceived classroom minutiae. Although none of the notably diverse characters are explored with any great depth, they are all given enough attention to be memorable, creating anticipation for further meetings in this promising new series.This class gets an A. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

It's the first day of school at Hazelwood Elementary, specifically in new teacher Mr. Wolf's fourth-grade classroom. We stick with the anthropomorphized animal teachers and students from Mr. Wolf's classroom all the way through end-of-the-day cleanup and the students' bus ride home, witnessing charmingly familiar moments along the way: Sampson has to go to the bathroom REALLY badly, Aziza has a hard time showing her work at math, Randy takes a survey on whether people prefer ice cream or farts, and new student Margot makes a good friend on the way home. Credibly, students are by turns playful, thoughtless, rude, and kind, and readers even get a glimpse into the ups and downs of a teacher's day, especially when the exhausted Penny falls asleep in a library box and disappears until recess. With calm intelligence and amusing, accessible realism, Steinke creates a cast in which any young reader will immediately find someone to embrace and a world that's invitingly recognizable. Friendly figures and compositions that favor flow over flash make the cartooning equally inviting.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2018 Booklist

New York Review of Books Review

In these books, back-to-school jitters give way to smiles, laughs - even a little learning. MAE'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Written and illustrated by Kate Berube. "I'm not going" is a phrase parents dread this time of year, but a book as clever and friendly as this one may ease the situation. As the first day of school dawns, Mae is holding out, arms crossed, imagining disaster as her mom and dad hustle her out the door, insisting that fun lies ahead. She climbs a tree, where she's joined by a girl named Rosie. Then a "tall lady" climbs the tree too, and tells the kids her own reasons for not wanting to go. She's their teacher, of course - a playful stroke by Berube ("Hannah and Sugar"), whose loose-lined art makes even scrunchy scowls seem delightful. 32 pp. Abrams. $16.99. (Ages 3 to 6) WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES Written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. Penelope, a young T-rex in pink overalls, wants to be a good classmate. She just has to kick her habit of ingesting her peers, who all happen to be children. Higgins ("Mother Bruce") knows how to make big, scary animals seem vulnerable, lovable and funny, adding a strategic touch of gross-out when our heroine spits her victims back up. But this story of a reformed predator - Penelope changes her ways after a goldfish chomps her finger - is really about empathy. 48 pp. Hyperion. $17.99. (Ages 3 to 8) THE DAY YOU BEGIN By Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Rafael López. Starting a new school year is hard enough. Add in feeling different from your classmates, and it can shake a kid to the core. The incomparable Woodson ("Brown Girl Dreaming") and López ("Drum Dream Girl") extend a reassuring hand in this verbally and visually poetic book that soothes concerns about having the wrong hair, bringing strongsmelling lunches, speaking imperfect English or spending the summer vacation at home. The kids we meet all take a first step toward making the most of school: finding the bravery to tell their own stories out loud. 32 pp. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. $18.99. (Ages 4 to 8) THE DINOSAUR EXPERT By Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. This fourth book featuring Mr. Tiffin's class (the previous one was "A Poem in Your Pocket") takes on both the excitement of a field trip to a natural-history museum and one girl's struggle to feel confident sharing her vast knowledge of prehistoric creatures - especially after a boy informs her, "Girls can't be scientists." Mr. Tiffin to the rescue: He steers her to an exhibit featuring Dr. Brandoni Gasparini, dinosaur expert. As always, McNamara and Karas excel at telling a story that balances facts and feelings. 40 pp. Random House/Schwartz & Wade. $17.99. (Ages 4 to 8) BESTFRINTSATSKROOL Written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis. Did you know that "on planet Boborp, childrinx go to skrool"? Of course they do! This exuberant follow-up to "Best Frints in the Whole Universe" explains the ins and outs of the little aliens' raucous way of learning (with a little lunch-throwing in the mix). The language Portis has invented for these colorful characters is hilarious and easy to follow - silly perfection, and maybe even an inspiration for little linguists to make up their own. 40 pp. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter. $17.99. (Ages 4 to 8) GOODBYE BRINGS HELLO By Dianne White. Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. Starting school also means letting go of the trappings of little-kid life. This wise book bears witness to the transitions that lead up to that big one: growing out of favorite clothes, moving from trike to bike and from crayons to pencils. White ("Blue on Blue") and Wiseman ("Play This Book") keep the tone encouraging and gentle, offering a chance for even the youngest kids to indulge their nostalgia. 40 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $17.99. (Ages 3 to 7) TWIG Written and illustrated by Aura Parker. It's tough being a stick insect. You blend in easily - all too easily, as Heidi, the new girl at bug school, finds. When it comes to making friends, long, lean, woody-brown Heidi suffers, because no one can see her beyond her camouflage until the kind spider-teacher comes up with a solution (a scarf). Truth be told, there's not much to the story, but this adorable debut by Parker teems with delicate details, many of them visual puzzles. 32 pp. Simon & Schuster. $17.99. (Ages 4 to 8) MR. WOLF'S CLASS Written and illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke. This upbeat graphic novel - the beginning of a promising new series - chronicles the activities of a bustling class of fourth graders and their devoted, slightly overwhelmed teacher, Mr. Wolf. Yes, he's a wolf; the students are a host of animals, including a frog, a duck, a dog and a rabbit. Everyone has hands and feet and walks upright, though, and their problems and behavior are strikingly like their counterparts in schools for human children - only funnier. 160 pp. Scholastic/Graphix. $9.99. (Ages 6 to 10) MARIA RUSSO is the children's books editor at the Book Review.