THE SHEEP IN WOLF’S CLOTHING by Helen Lester

THE SHEEP IN WOLF’S CLOTHING

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Ewetopia lives among a flock of the humorless and uptight. She has an issue, too—she’s uncomfortable in her own wool—but her need to hide in an outfit is carried out with a degree of panache. Still, her cohorts don’t get her act, and they are positively offended when she arrives at the Woolyones’ Costume Ball dressed as a wolf, which seems like a natural. When a character dressed as a sheep appears, no one’s the wiser until he rips off his disguise, revealing himself as a wolf, and snatches a few ewes for supper. The wolf has an Achilles heel, though—he thinks Ewetopia is his mother. Gaining on this advantage, Ewetopia demands the wolf do a number of chores before dinner is served. He has a fit, storms out of the ball and the lambs’ chops are saved. Munsinger’s artwork catches the quiet to madcap moods of the book, but the usually spot-on Lester is groping for a coherent story line. The cobbled result has humorous parts—the wolf’s tantrum and some enjoyable “Who’s on First” wordplay. But the book fails to gel, and why any of this should result in Ewetopia’s acceptance of her own true self is a mystery. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-86844-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Walter Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007




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