Brave Charlotte and the Wolves

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Charlotte has always stood out from the flock for her courage and sense of adventure. So when a group of sheep start bullying the others, Charlotte knows she has to do something about it. But there’s an even bigger, even scarier bully lurking in the woods . . . . Our sheepish heroine is back in another exciting adventure, brought to life by truly exquisite acrylic paintings.

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Overview

Charlotte has always stood out from the flock for her courage and sense of adventure. So when a group of sheep start bullying the others, Charlotte knows she has to do something about it. But there’s an even bigger, even scarier bully lurking in the woods . . . . Our sheepish heroine is back in another exciting adventure, brought to life by truly exquisite acrylic paintings.

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Publishers Weekly
In her second adventure, Charlotte takes on a “big, bad gang” of sheep who call themselves “The Wolves.” The gang likes to pick on Jack, an old sheepdog, and scare the other sheep by howling from the bushes at night. When the howl of a real wolf leads Charlotte to climb high up on the rocks (“A sheep going to check on wolves? Unheard of!”), she discovers yet another “sheep” in wolf's clothing. Charlotte stands out from the anxious flock and from the Wolves, her expressive eyes and determination ably expressed in Wilson's nuanced acrylics. The “gotcha” lesson Charlotte and her new friend teach the Wolves falls a little flat—it's Charlotte's pluck that really drives the story. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Charlotte is a different kind of sheep. She does not spend her time grazing in the pasture. She likes to swim and climb trees. She is not afraid of heights in the slightest. Scaling rocks allows her to see out into the distance. Yes, Charlotte is full of spunk. While the older sheep appreciate her fearless attitude, the younger ones could not care less. Wolfie, the leader of the young herd, lets everyone know that they will take charge the next time someone is in need. Unfortunately this crew likes to play jokes. They hide in the bushes and trick the poor sheepdog into thinking they have disappeared. This "gang" of sheep has been to known to pretend they are a real pack of wolves and howl throughout the night, sending little sheep clamoring for the safety of their parents. One night the bellows come again, but this time they are not coming from Wolfie or his followers. The herd needs help and who steps up to the rescue? Charlotte! She begins to clamber up the mountain until the howling is nearby. Closer and louder, the howls are ringing in Charlotte's ears. Who do these whimpers belong to? A wayward puppy who is trying to find his way home! Charlotte guides him to the side of the road where his family is waiting. But not before plotting a scheme to put Wolfie and his gang in their place. Because this little puppy sounds so much like a wolf, Charlotte decides to give Wolfie a taste of his own medicine. Wilson creates winsome and pleasing illustrations that readers of all ages will enjoy. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The clever sheep introduced in Brave Charlotte (Bloomsbury, 2005) again comes to the rescue, when a group of young sheep, who ironically call themselves "the wolves," create havoc and bully others. They pick on the old sheepdog, howl like a pack of wolves to frighten the baby sheep, and are jealous of Charlotte's brave and feisty ways. One night they think they hear a real wolf howl in the forest and hide in fear. The next day, Charlotte ventures out and discovers the source: a lost puppy whose great-grandfather was a wolf strayed from "her humans" while they were on a picnic and wound up high on a rock ledge. Charlotte is more than happy to bring Mimi back, but first enlists her help in teaching the bullies a lesson. Enchanting illustrations done in acrylics on cardboard reinforce and enliven the "ah-woo, woo-woo-wooooo!"-laced text. Brave Charlotte is a sheep with moxy, and youngsters will no doubt be waiting for her next adventure.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Not one to rest on her laurels, Charlotte, the beautiful sheep with a mind of her own, is back (Brave Charlotte, 2005). Here, she runs smack-dab into the jealousy-fueled bravado of a gang of adolescent sheep. They are not impressed with the stories of Charlotte's feats and set out to prove themselves to the flock. Being teenagers, they pull themselves away from the others and mock Charlotte and any other authority figure. They even have a gang name: the Wolves. It doesn't take long for the Wolves to play one trick too many, and it's up to Charlotte to save their fleeces-with a little double-crossing of her own. Wilson's rich acrylics are the perfect medium for this bucolic setting. The contrast between the bright blue days, scary night, the dark bushes and the gang members' terrified wide, yellow eyes lets readers know there is nothing to fear from these silly Wolves in sheep's clothing. This "wolves who cried wolf story" is the rare instance when the sequel far exceeds the original story. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599904245
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 486,738
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.63 (w) x 12.07 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

ANU STOHNER was born in Helsinki, Finland, and is a freelance translator and author who lives in Munich, Germany.

HENRIKE WILSON was born in Cologne, Germany, and studied graphic design and painting. She lives in Germany.

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