Friday, May 18, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- The Great Sheep Shenanigans by Peter Bently and Mei Matsuoka (Review)

The Great Sheep Shenanigans

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press USA (January 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761389903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761389903
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches 
  • Buy now at Amazon for only $12.71.

"A lamb for my supper will taste mighty fine!" thought a wily old wolf by the name of Lou Pine. Poor Lou! In this fractured fairy tale, the wolf is stopped at the hedge by the flock's protector, Rambo the Ram. So Lou sets off to find a disguise that will let him sneak into the flock. He tries a fuzzy bathrobe, paint, and even cotton candy, but nothing works out. Can he scare Red Riding Hood's grandmother into knitting him a costume? Or will she—like everyone else—be able to thwart the wolf's plans?

My Thoughts:

Hehehe, what a funny book to read.  I, as a parent, even found myself chuckling as I read the final pages of this book, as the wolf was kicked by Rambo the Ram and landed in a pile of poo.  Then, Rambo said that the wolf wouldn't be bothering the lambs from now on, or if he tried to, they would smell him for miles.  This rhyming book will have children asking you to hurry up and read, in order to turn the page and see what happens next.  I loved the illustrations in this book, especially of the spunky grandma, who tied the lamb's outfit thread to her bed, which she had knitted for him, and helped to sabotage the wolf's plan of eating a tasty lamb.  It is nice to see classic tales, like Little Red Riding Hood characters revisited, and have another story told about them in another light.  

If you are looking for a fun book to read to your little one, that has a funny and expected ending, then you will love this book by Peter Bently. 

About the Author:

PETER BENTLY was born in Tidworth and attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied for a BA Hons in Modern Languages. He has two young children and now lives in Devon. He has also written several other award-winning picture

Since graduating from Kingston College of Art in 2004 MEI MATSUOKA has been much in demand as an illustrator. Her illustrations for a short story won first prize in a Unesco sponsored competition, which she travelled to Japan to collect in 2005. Mei is one of the UK's most exciting newcomers to children's books.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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