Rocky and the Lamb

Rocky and the Lamb

by Greg Gormley, Lynne Chapman
     
 


Rocky the wolf is a fearsome bully who lives on a mountain pass. When smaller animals come by and are carrying something Rocky wants, he stops them and makes them hand it over. But he's also a coward. If a large animal comes through the pass, Rocky simply hides behind his rock. One day, he is about to pounce on a little lamb and take away the crown she is bringing…  See more details below

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Rocky the wolf is a fearsome bully who lives on a mountain pass. When smaller animals come by and are carrying something Rocky wants, he stops them and makes them hand it over. But he's also a coward. If a large animal comes through the pass, Rocky simply hides behind his rock. One day, he is about to pounce on a little lamb and take away the crown she is bringing to the king's birthday party. But before he grabs his prize, the lamb warns him that her gift is guarded by a scary monster. If there is one thing Rocky certainly does not want to see, it's a scary monster. He decides that instead of bullying the lamb, he'd do better to resort to trickery. The story that follows will provoke many laughs from the boys and girls who read it. They'll also learn how Rocky finally reforms his evil ways and becomes a popular mountain guide. Very funny color illustrations on every page.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Rocky, a mean, cowardly bully of a wolf, threatens everyone who goes through the mountain pass. So we fear for the sweet little lamb in her pink dress and hair ribbon carrying a present she says is a crown for the king's birthday present. She says it is guarded by a "monster." Plotting to get the crown for himself, Rocky deliberately misdirects her. But the lamb trips happily along the rugged path he shows her, and through the snow, as cold, wet Rocky struggles to follow. Seeing no guard to the box, he finally demands it. He is shocked to find inside the box a terrible monster who chases him through rough terrain. Cornered, and promising to be a "good wolf," Rocky is surprised to see the lamb defend him. After she praises his helpfulness at the palace, the reformed Rocky becomes a helpful mountain guide. This warning for bullies is not only a tale of morals but is also fun. Chapman sketches a comic wolf in bandanna and patched red trousers, as lively as an animated cartoon. Pastels create single and double-page scenes of the snow and rocks and "terrible thorns" that plague him. The lamb is a charming foil for his adventures. 2006, Barron's Educational Series, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
In this unexceptional bully tale, a wolf as "mean and cowardly as a dog at bath time" changes his ways after snatching a box from a cute little lamb in a pink coat, and discovering the literal truth of her claim that it contains a beautiful crown guarded by "the scariest, hairiest monster you could possibly imagine." Gormley pads out the tale, first by having the wolf trail the oblivious lamb up and then back down a mountain through thorny thickets, falling rocks and deep snow to no particular purpose-then by adding an ensuing chase over the same ground after the monster rears up. In Chapman's illustrations, the polka-dotted monster looks about as fierce as a Muppet, and the concluding scene of the wolf helpfully guiding his suddenly trusting former victims through the mountains is similarly unconvincing. More perceptive, or at least satisfying for the beleaguered, takes on the theme abound, like Elise Broach's Cousin John Is Coming! (June 2006), illustrated by Nate Lilly. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764159398
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Greg Gormley studied fine art in Belfast and Liverpool and now lives and works in London. He is the author and illustrator of several books for children, available from major publishers in England and the United States.

Lynne Chapman started off illustrating greeting cards and giftware, then worked as an illustrator for many magazines and newspapers. Recently, Lynne discovered children’s books. Since then she has illustrated 10 picture books and a variety of young fiction readers. She lives in Sheffield, England.

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