All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books,, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.

In 1999, 53 percent of children ages 3 to 5 were read to daily by a family member, the same as in 1993 after increasin... More

      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:


Author: Colin Thompson

Illustrator: Colin Thompson

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Kane Miller Books, a Division of EDC Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Meet the inhabitants of the the beautiful house on the edge of town. Not the humans (though several play a passing role), but the animals. The stories in the collection are divided into three “books.” Each book has a set of chapters — more like short stories — that can be read in sequence or by a title that strikes your fancy. This is an illustrated collection of short stories featuring creatures of all sorts.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Reading Level: 4.8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: These are wonderfully creative stories that beg to be read aloud. The author does a superb job setting the scene and helping you create that “movie in your mind.” I love that each short story stands on its own. Though they are much richer read together.

Pros: These wonderful stories are perfect for bedtime reading. Wild Stories is a great choice when you're ready to move to chapter books but your reader isn't quite ready for cliff-hanging chapters.

Cons: None/

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The stories make excellent choices for bedtime. A definite read aloud for the classroom.


Notes: The Reading Tub requested a publisher donation for this title.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, short stories, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2013

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at and


Copyright © 2003 - 2018. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.