"An interesting, contemplative addition to the nature shelf." - Kirkus
"Graceful artwork...a fine resource for demonstrating how the hunt depends on cooperation both within a species and between them." - Publisher's Weekly
"Graphic novelist Dawson's acrylic-on-cardboard illustrations suggest an archetypal, cave painting style, at times whimsical but nonetheless dynamic and intimate...a solid introduction to forest ecology." - School Library Journal-Starred Review
"A book that brings its subject to life in an unconventional fashion, and offers a refreshing and reflective addition to the natural-world bookshelf." - Quill & Quire
"Layering beautiful illustrations and storytelling over scientifically accurate concepts, The Wolf-Birds draws readers to the poetry of predator, prey, and scavenger interactions. Dawson’s honest portrayal of ecological relationships effectively, and importantly, connects us to the raw beauty of our natural world."
"Earth-toned acrylic paintings, with stylized, flat forms in spare landscape, evoke the leanness of the woods in late winter and highlight the stark realities of the life cycle." - The Horn Book Inc.
"Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
"I really do like the pictures in this book. They make you feel nervous, and then sad, and then happy, like you've just made a new friend." - Kids' Book Buzz
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing, 2015
The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016 Information Book Award, 2016
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2016
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2016
Nominated for the 2017 Blue Spruce Award, 2017
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens,