Picture Book Review: Footprints in the Snow, by Mei Matsuoka


Footprints in the Snow, by Mei Matsuoka
Wolf is feeling offended
and indignant: All the wolves he’s ever read about are nasty, scary,
and greedy! To set the record straight he decides to write a story about
a nice wolf. But will his wolfish instincts get the better of him after

 Author/illustrator Mei Matsuoka’s simple yet
sophisticated art imbues Wolf’s story of searching for a friend with wry
humor and subtle wit.


I love finding picture books that have it all: great artwork, imagination, humor, and originality.  

Footprints in the Snow was a delightful surprise to read.  My children and I both fell in love with the story and read it again and again.  It is one of those books that I hope everyone reads and loves so that it will become a classic and stick around for a long time.  

The artwork is fantastic.  I loved how the illustrations depicted Wolf’s artwork and you could see his pencil in the corner of the page, or a paw, or some other artistic tool.   

Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (October 28, 2008)

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    December 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I've loved wolves ever since I saw the Growing Up Wolf episode on Animal Planet or whatever that channel was. They do get a bad rap! But I love all the books they are in. Little Red Riding Hood has to be my favorite fairy tale.
    The artwork reminds me of Daniel Pinkwater for some reason. Indecently I discovered a book called Wolf Christmas that you might like.

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    Douglas Florian
    August 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Looks quite charming!

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