The Wolf in Underpants Breaks Free

Graphic Universe. (The Wolf in Underpants: Bk. 4). Nov. 2022. 40p. lib. ed. $26.65. ISBN 9781728459004. pap. $8.99. ISBN 9781728462967.
Gr 2-4–This fourth installment in the hilarious Franco-Belgian “Wolf in Underpants” series begins in the outdoor market. When the Anti-Wolf Brigade arrests the titular wolf for purported theft, he says he paid fair and square. He even shows his stash of coins, prompting suspicion about where he got them since he doesn’t work. The “lazypants” wolf ends up in jail and debates the merits of working in the first place. The big reveal: he has secretly been helping other animals pro bono. As with other series entries, there’s a moral nestled in this funny book—as well as some pointed commentary about capitalism. The lack of speech bubbles may confuse some emerging readers, but the quick narrative is relatively easy to follow, with a large trim size and generally few panels per page.
VERDICT Engaging art and high appeal make this import a fresh addition to most collections.

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