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The Best Place

by Susan Meddaugh

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (2004-08-30)

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Amazon Description

Wolf thinks his porch is the best place in the world until one day his friend Bird says, “How do you know? You’ve never been anyplace else.” This question inspires the wolf to sell his house and travel the world. Eventually his journey brings him back home, but he is unable to get his house back. Upset, he behaves very badly, and even his good intentions get him into trouble. But in the end he understands that sometimes when you can’t get what you want, you find something even better.

One Potato Review

Never listen to little birds. From the creator of Martha, the blabbermouth dog, here is an arguably more soulful (if less crowd-pleasing) canine, content to watch the sunset from his “magical” screen porch (“Where else can you be inside and outside at the same time?”) until a feathered little troublemaker invites him to consider whether that’s all there really is. Not everyone makes a great tourist (“That’s a lot of sand,” he says about the desert), and very soon this prodigal wolf is back knocking on doors, and running with forks, and generally giving a pretty poor account of himself to all of the rabbits who have multiplied in his absence - and whom Wolf is obliged to win over. Because that is community, like it or not, regardless the price of square footage. With wraparound views, and solutions. 

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