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BETSY RED HOODIE by Gail Carson Levine


by Gail Carson Levine, illustrated by Scott Nash

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-146870-4
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Betsy’s second adventure finds her charged with taking some goodies to Grandma. The sheep she can bring along, but what about Zimmo the wolf, her fellow shepherd? Wolves have a bad reputation when it comes to grandmas. Zimmo’s pleading works, and Betsy ignores the warnings that follow their entourage through town…but could it be the naysayers were right? When Zimmo dashes off ahead of the flock, Betsy picks up the pace so as to save Grandma, but her path is strewn with obstacles—a lost lamb, a rainstorm, a muddy slope. Will she be able to save Grandma in time, or is Grandma really not in any danger? Along the way, Levine’s sassy flock of wisecracking sheep keep up the comments, their crazy un-sheeplike antics duly recorded in the artwork. Nash’s palette is more subdued and makes greater use of inked details than in Betsy Who Cried Wolf! (2003), but he still masterfully portrays the personalities of each sheep. Tongue-in-cheek funny, this is sure to find a place alongside Betsy’s earlier escapade. (Picture book. 4-8)