Monday, January 5, 2015

The Boy Who Couldn't Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell with illustrations by Emma Phillips

About the Book:

Six-year-old Byron Woodward is a werewolf who can’t howl. Determined not to embarrass himself after being chosen to lead a full-moon ceremony, he embarks on a mission to learn how to howl. He learns a lot about howling during his journey, but more importantly, he learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.

My Thoughts:

When I was approached about this book, I didn't realize it was a book about werewolves. That's just not a topic I've ventured into with my children. Based on the reaction I've encountered from them concerning a zombie science kit that entered our home, I decided to keep werewolves an unknown topic for them(at least for awhile).

That said, I really appreciate the message of the book. I wish I'd read more books like this when I was younger. I was social phobic and the weirdest little kid you'd ever dream of meeting. School was horribly painful to me, and I cared too much what other people thought of me. Anything that could have let me know I wasn't alone would have been appreciated. I'm still pretty weird and still social phobic, but thankfully, I'm not near as bad as I was. I see my little Firefly leaning into my childhood, though, and I'm working on preventing him from the same kind of "social pain" that I went through. I plan on reading this book with him in the future, and more books like it.. I want him to know that he doesn't have to worry about what others think of him. I like books that help push a point I'm trying to pass to my children!

This is a sweet little book, with an inspiring message for children.

Purchase Link:

The Boy Who Couldn't Cry Wolf

*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author:

Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten.

Exposure to a host of great authors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara inspired him to begin writing fiction. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he eventually migrated to writing children’s books. His debut work is an early chapter book titled The Enchanted River Race. His second release is a picture book titled The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf.

Outside of writing, Caldric enjoys hiking and playing the mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Caldric currently resides in California.


  1. What a wonderful review, Tammy. I was social phobic as a child myself. Hated school. With more books out there like this, it's a step in the right direction. ;o)

    1. Awww, thank you! :)

      I agree! I'm grateful for those authors, like Caldric, that touch on social issues, like in this book.