Reviews for Curse of the Romany Wolves
Booklist Reviews 2009 July #1
Restless in his comfortable home after the exciting events of The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush (2007), the gentlemanly fox longs for another adventure, but not at the expense of his adopted son's life. When febra lupi (wolf fever) strikes his cub, Donald, Penhaligon sets out on a dangerous voyage get the necessary ingredients for the cure, and scary settings and narrow escapes abound. Short chapters and frequent pencil illustrations of the costumed animals add appeal, and enough background is given to make this sequel stand alone, although it will certainly prompt those who enjoy it to look for the first. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Adventure-seeking apothecary Penhaligon (The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush), a clever fox, must find a cure for deadly wolf fever. While his wife Rowan cares for the ill, Penhaligon seeks the cure's mysterious ingredients and learns more about his own past. Though the text occasionally meanders, the plot is more streamlined than the previous volume's, and new characters add depth. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2009 July #2
All is not well with the multispecies residents of Porthleven village. Donald, the adopted Romany wolf cub of apothecaries Penhaligon (half-wolf, half-fox) and Rowan (all vixen), has been stricken with febra lupi, a disease deadly to Romany wolves; only Donald and his sister Dora survived the last outbreak. Now the disease is spreading to other species. This sequel to The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush (2007) starts slowly as the characters are introduced, but once Penhaligon sets sail with the unsavory Elgato to seek a cure, a rare herb growing on Howling Island, the story picks up speed and energy, building to an exciting finish. While Penhaligon deals with sea serpents, pirates and the mysterious island's denizens, Rowan struggles to keep the disease in check at home. Throughout, gentle messages about tolerance of difference and valuing diversity are inserted; even villains prove capable of reform. The characters behave more like humans than animals, but Slade's charming illustrations help to supply much of what is missing in the text. (Fantasy. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 November
Gr 3-6--The clever fox apothecary from The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush (Knopf, 2007) has settled into a peaceful existence with his mate Rowan and their adopted Romany wolf cubs, Donald and Dora, though restlessness tugs at his spirit. As is often the case, Penhaligon's wish for adventure is granted in an unfortunate way when Donald contracts wolf fever, the virulent disease that wiped out the cubs' clan. While Penhaligon sails with the dubious feline Captain Elgato Furrari to gather ingredients for a cure, Rowan attempts to curb a panic in the village when symptoms of the disease manifest in the other animals. The plot, while relying a bit much on happenstance, moves swiftly and is filled with action, devious pirates, sea serpents, and a hidden Romany wolf clan that has curious ties to Penhaligon's past. Done in pen and ink, the attractive full-page and inset illustrations add detail and humor to the text. Readers of the first book and newcomers to the fox's adventures will be swept into this new chapter.--Christi Esterle, Parker Library, CO [Page 119]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.