• Title English : The eye of the wolf
• Author : Daniel PENNAC
• Age range : 9 – 11 years
• Pages : 96 Sheet
• Publisher : Pocket Jeunesse [Pocket Youth] (October 16, 2003)
• Collection : Pocket Jeunesse
• ISBN-10 : 226612630X
• ISBN-13 : 978-2266126304
• Product Dimensions : 10,7 x 0,8 x 17 cm
• Format Kindle : eBook, Epub, Paperback and PDF
• Price : € 4,80
• Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7/10
♦ Description : “The wonderful dialogue of a child and a wolf with extraordinary destinies … In a zoo, a child and an old one-eyed wolf fix themselves, eye in eye. All the life of the wolf scrolls in the back of his eye: a wild life in Alaska, a species threatened by men. The eye of the child tells the story of a little African who has traveled all over Africa to survive, and who has a precious gift: to tell stories that make you laugh and dream.”
“Daniel Pennac is a French writer who has tried every field: essays, children’s books, poles, novels, theater, film script … and in all, he has won a great success and many awards. But before getting into writing, like everyone else he was first at school where he was not very good. That did not stop him from becoming a teacher and having a long career in teaching. Now retired, he devotes himself exclusively to his pen.
Catherine Reisser, the illustrator, draws first because she loves children. Interior designer, decorator, painter, she says herself that she “a little touched everything” before starting to illustrate books for the youth at the birth of his son. Catherine Reisser also illustrated Cabot-Caboche.
Daniel Pennacchioni, known as Daniel Pennac, is a French writer. His father is a soldier. The family follows him in his travels abroad and in France, especially in the village of La Colle-sur-Loup, in the Alpes-Maritimes. These more or less romanticized versions of his academic difficulties did not prevent him from obtaining his bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree in literature from Nice. His studies of letters lead him to teaching, from 1969 to 1995, in college and then in high school. He worked as a taxi driver and illustrator, before becoming in 1969 professor of secondary literature first at St. Paul College in Soissons, then in Nice, and finally in Paris. He taught there notably private high school Paul-Claudel d’Hulst.
His first book, written in 1973 after his military service, is a pamphlet that attacks the great myths that constitute the essence of the national service, “Military service in whose service?”. He becomes Daniel Pennac, changing his name so as not to harm his father.
In 1979, Daniel Pennac made a two-year stay in Brazil, which will be the source of a novel published twenty-three years later: “The Dictator and the Hammock” (2003).
In the Black Series, he published in 1985, “Au bonheur des ogres”, the first part of the saga of the Malaussène tribe. He diversifies his audience with another tetralogy for children, “An adventure of Kamo” (1992) featuring heroes close to the child universe, concerned about school and friendship.
To these fictions are added other types of books: an essay on reading, “Like a novel” (1992), two books in collaboration with the photographer Robert Doisneau and “La débauche”, a comic book, with Jacques Tardi (2000).
“Grief of School”, a book holding the essay and autobiography published in October 2007 at Gallimard, received the Renaudot prize the same year. With “My brother” (2018), a hymn to love for his departed elder, Daniel Pennac delivers a poignant intimate story.
A great lover of audiobooks, he himself has recorded several of his books for Gallimard and the Lire dans le noir association. And on stage, after performing “Merci” at the Rond-Point theater, he reads Bartleby the scribe at the Nursery Theater. Daniel Pennac has written or co-authored several screenplays for film or television, sometimes adapting his own books. He lives in Paris with his second wife, the writer Véronique M. Le Normand.”