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Sheep in Wolves' Clothing
     

Sheep in Wolves' Clothing

by Satoshi Kitamura
 

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What happens when three sheep leave their coats in the safe-keeping of some wily wolves? Both wolves and coats disappear, of course! Enter Elliott Baa, Private Detective, who, together with the three friends and some rugby-playing cats, sets off to confront the villains in this action-packed and off-beat tale.

Overview

What happens when three sheep leave their coats in the safe-keeping of some wily wolves? Both wolves and coats disappear, of course! Enter Elliott Baa, Private Detective, who, together with the three friends and some rugby-playing cats, sets off to confront the villains in this action-packed and off-beat tale.

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From the Publisher
“An original story full of delightful and ridiculous characters.”
The Bookseller
NY Times Book Review
A funny, action-packed adventure . . . suffused with both warmth and wit.
Horn Book
Younger children will delight in the climactic brouhaha and will also find this a satisfying mystery story. Older children will enjoy the detective story spoof and new twist on the old sheep/wolves theme." (The Horn Book)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this kid-pleasingly convoluted effort, three unwary sheep are fleeced of their outerwear by four wily wolves (or, perhaps, "woolves"), the mafioso-like manufacturers of Wolfgang & Bros. apparel. The sheep enlist the help of a detective cousin to win back their wool, and further adventures ensue. Kitamura's (When Sheep Cannot Sleep) elaborately spun plot has more twists and turns than a ball of yarn. Panel insets and cartoons with dialogue balloons mix manically with half-, full- and double-page spreads. Every blade of grass and cobblestone gets careful attention in Kitamura's precise, rectangular renderings, painted in slightly muted, subtly mottled watercolors. The effect is of controlled chaos-high comedy that stops just short of baa-laboring its own jokes. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Judith Gravitz
Fans of the counting book When Sheep Cannot Sleep will be pleased to see the furry creatures return under the whimsical pen of Kitamura. The plot of his newest tale of whimsy is an alternative version of Aesop's "A wolf in sheep's clothing." Kitamura's wit and entertaining sense of play create a mystery about some missing clothing. While frolicking in the surf, a flock of sheep friends have their clothing stolen from the beach by a pack of wily wolves. The sheepish victims enlist the detective services of Elliott Baa. As the mystery of the missing wool unravels, readers will enjoy the humor of Kitamura's latest picture book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Georgina, Hubert, and Gogol go to great lengths to get to the beach for one last carefree day of summer sun, surf, and fun. Once there, these innocent lambs get fleeced (defleeced?) by some cagey characters (miniature-golf playing wolves) who smooth talk them out of their fur coats. Cold, exhausted, and feeling rather sheepish, the trio follow the trail of the culprits and wend their way to town. With the help of Georgina's cousin, Elliot Baa, Private Detective, and some rugby-playing cats, the mystery of the missing fleece is unraveled and the wolves are caught red-handed. All is tied up neatly at the end with the sheep returning to their meadow, slightly wiser and none the worse for wear. Kitamura's deadpan delivery and cinematic cartoons work together swimmingly. The bold-print text with occasional dialogue balloons is easy to read and has a fine sense of comic timing. Bright kinetic illustrations are filled with sly jokes and clever details. The enormously expressive characters are endearing (even the big, bad Wolfgang & Bros.) and absurdly funny. Kids will love to watch and listen as this rollicking yarn unwinds.Luann Toth, School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842709078
Publisher:
Andersen Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/09/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Satoshi Kitamura has created more than 20 books for children, including Cat Is Sleepy, Duck is Dirty, Me and My Cat?, and When Sheep Cannot Sleep.

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