Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover)

Candlewick. Jan. 2021. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536207323.
K-Gr 3–What’s for dinner? A famished wolf with a stealthy plan spies on an unsuspecting herd of sheep as they finish their chores before dinner. With the use of an obviously homemade sheep costume, the wolf successfully sneaks in among them. The sheep grow suspicious as the wolf grabs a tray and slides into line for dinner. After that, the wolf helps out with the dishes, laundry, and chopping wood, winning the sheep’s trust through friendly games of shuffleboard and bedtime stories. Everything is going according to plan until a goodnight kiss from a tiny lamb ruins everything. The wolf is struck with the realization that eating these new fluffy friends is no longer an option. Plot thwarted, the wolf flees for home in the middle of the night. Missing the sheep, the wolf sits down with a cup of tea and new vegetarian cookbooks to peruse.
VERDICT This hilarious story of finding friends in unlikely places will surely entertain and surprise early elementary–age children, and given the cartoon-style illustrations, pique an interest in graphic novels. Share this one along with Morag Hood’s Brenda Is a Sheep and Lucky Platt’s Imagine a Wolf

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