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Children's LiteratureRocky, 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