Don’t judge a sheep by its cover.
Lily Wool is a black-faced white sheep who looks like all the others—but isn’t. In fact, she is from another planet. While the other sheep are sleeping and dreaming of juicy beets, Lily lies awake counting stars. During the day, she grows bored simply grazing and resting. One little thread of wool sparks her imagination about other career possibilities. Maybe she could be a gymnast or a sheriff or a fisherman or a writer who spins a fantastical yarn or even a cowboy sheep, protecting the herd from bad guys. The long thread of wool becomes a ribbon for the gymnast, a lasso to catch desperadoes, a fishing line, a line of prose in the air. Suddenly Lily is snapped out of her reverie by the cries of the other sheep calling her name. “What have you done?” Lily has unraveled an impossibly long thread of wool off a now–half-naked sheep. Thinking fast and sporting an awkwardly wide grin, Lily explains all the uses for the long thread of wool. She can help others. She opens a shop, discovering her own special place. And the other sheep finally understand the value of imagination. Vásquez’s prose is a bit unsteady (the use of “herd” instead of “flock” may baffle U.S. readers), but her colorful and quirky illustrations never fail to surprise and amuse.
Delightful. (Picture book. 3-6)