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Children's Fiction Chapter Books

Wolfie and Fly

by (author) Cary Fagan

illustrated by Zoe Si

Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Chapter Books, General, Friendship
Recommended Age
7 to 10
Recommended Grade
2 to 5
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price

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A classic story of imagination, friendship, adventure and speeding through the ocean in a cardboard box. For fans of Ivy & Bean, Judy Moody or Nate the Great.

Wolfie and Fly is an early chapter book at its simplest and best. Our heroine, Renata Wolfman (Wolfie) does everything by herself. Friends just get in the way, and she only has time for facts and reading. But friendship finds her in the form of Livingston Flott (Fly), the slightly weird and wordy boy from next door. Before she knows it, Wolfie is motoring through deep water with Fly as her second-in-command in a submarine made from a cardboard box.

Out on a solo swim to retrieve a baseball vital to the mission, Wolfie is finally by herself again, but for the first time, she finds it a little lonely. Maybe there is something to this friend thing. . .

About the authors

Cary Fagan is the author of eight previous novels and five books of short stories, including The Student, Great Adventures for the Faint of Heart, and A Bird's Eye. He has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Writers' Trust Fiction Award, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, and has won the Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. He is also an acclaimed writer of books for children, having won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, a Mr. Christie Silver Medal, the Joan Betty Stuchner—Oy Vey!—Funniest Children's Book Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. Fagan's work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Catalan, Turkish, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Korean and Persian. He still lives in his hometown of Toronto.

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Zoe Si is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist and illustrator with a lifelong passion for laughing at her own jokes. After practicing law for a number of years, she now spends her days making children's books, cartooning and writing funny articles for the New Yorker, and drawing comics. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and a large, fluffy dog.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR Wolfie and Fly:
"Fagan has lots of fun with the comedic contrast between Wolfie’s misanthropic tendencies and Fly’s enthusiasm . . . It’s a promising first outing for this memorable odd couple." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"This fun-filled early chapter book brims with personality as the curmudgeonly Renata opens herself up to friendship and new experiences. Lively illustrations capture the kids' imaginative antics, while the relatable story is accessibly written. Young readers will enthusiastically embrace this entertaining odd couple." --Starred Review, Booklist

"[A] classic story of imagination, friendship and adventure." --City Parent Magazine
"Renata is so lovable in her own way, and Livingston is such a cute character . . . I am already looking forward to more Wolfie and Fly's adventures." --Reviews in Chalk

PRAISE FOR Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas:

"Fagan has produced a lively tale of pirates, transatlantic voyages, and the usual heedless parents . . ." --Quill & Quire
". . . Fagan crafts a zany tale that kids (in the spirit of Jacob's doublespeak) will want to read at least twice. Petricic[s] line art complements the story's humor..." --Publishers Weekly

". . . this book has high adventure and black-and-white line drawings interspersed throughout." --School Library Journal

"Well supplied with comical sketches from Petričić, plus a supporting cast... the episode fits into the series nicely in both breathless pacing and Roald Dahl-style zaniness . . . it also fits nicely between the events of Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang and Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur. Not too-too bad." --Kirkus Reviews

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