Reviewed by Edith Campbell
I’m not sure what you, the author, illustrator, editor or publishers may have seen in this story but, I’m seeing a young boy of African descent on the streets at night being perceived as a monster. I do not refer to him as African American because this book was originally published in the United Kingdom. He’s black or of African descent. He has super human strength and white people are terrified of him and quite actually, he comes from a family of monsters. We simply cannot afford to represent young black boys in this manner. Continue reading.
A Werewolf Named Oliver James by Nicholas John Frith
Published by Scholastic on June 26, 2018
Genres: African American
Reading Level: Early Childhood, Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: Cotton Quilts
On his way home one moonlit night, a strange thing happens to Oliver James -- he unexpectedly turns into a werewolf! He can't believe it, it's so . . . AMAZING.
Suddenly, he can run super-fast, leap super-high, and lift trucks with his super-strength! But even werewolves need to be home in time for dinner and Oliver James races to make it back. There's only one problem: what on earth will his parents say when they see him?