The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton

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It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend. Whatever the adventure, Johnny's incredible zest for all that is ordinary showcases why he's so him—and why no one can resist his zany charm. Johnny will tickle your funny bone—and leave you wondering just what he'll think of next.
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Overview

It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend. Whatever the adventure, Johnny's incredible zest for all that is ordinary showcases why he's so him—and why no one can resist his zany charm. Johnny will tickle your funny bone—and leave you wondering just what he'll think of next.
Fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants will have a new laugh-aloud hero to root for in this collection full of zany illustrations, jokes, and wild fun.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The full-color graphic panels are stagy and cartoony and silly in just the right way. Fifteen graphic stories collected in one tight package for a new generation of fans."
Kirkus

"Good for both a laugh and for a reflection on self-determination and respect."
School Library Journal

 

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 2–4—Proimos has written both picture books and Nickelodeon screenplays, and here he combines the two sensibilities in a comic-book style collection of short vignettes. Three previously published titles [The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton (2001); Johnny Mutton, He's So Him (2003); and Mutton Soup (2004, all HMH)] are here collected in a single volume with the addition of a new story. It begins when Momma Mutton finds a baby left on her doorstep. She happily takes him in, names him Johnny, and never notices that he is in fact a sheep, not a human. At home, at school, and around town, Johnny attracts attention by wearing socks on his ears, joining a water ballet, and dressing as a runny nose for Halloween. His escapades are full of offbeat humor and some surprisingly poignant moments, with a few potty humor gags thrown in for good measure. The illustrations are bold, accessible, and as zany as the text. These silly tales may, at first glance, seem slight. However, when readers take them in as a whole, deeper messages begin to emerge around the themes of staying true to yourself and respecting others, quirks and all. Johnny Mutton is good both for a laugh and for a reflection on self-determination and self-respect.—Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
Johnny Mutton, he's so him! Before there was Babymouse or the Wimpy Kid, before Dragonbreath or Big Nate, there was a baby sheep on (human) Momma Mutton's front step. Johnny Mutton is a sheep raised as a boy and has as distinctive a personality as could be imagined. When his whole class dresses for Halloween as either pirates or witches, Johnny Mutton arrives dressed as a runny nose. Good thing his best friend, Gloria Crust, comes dressed as a giant box of tissues. When Johnny Mutton's ever loving Momma decides her son needs to learn some manners (he wears his napkin on his head and says "pronto" instead of "please" when asking for the peas), she sends him to Ms. Bottoms. He drives Ms. Bottoms to distraction, but at home, just for his mother, he becomes the picture of decorum. Momma Mutton wins a staring contest with a well-timed toot (yes, that kind of toot). And so on. General hilarity follows in his trotter-steps. Proimos here collects his three previously published Johnny Mutton titles and adds a short new comic and a foolish interview to complete the adventures of his enthusiastic, idiosyncratic ovine hero. The full-color graphic panels are stagy and cartoony and silly in just the right way. Fifteen graphic stories collected in one tight package for a new generation of fans. (Graphic collection. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544324046
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 616,860
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Proimos is a well-known author, illustrator, and cartoonist. He has written screenplays for Nickelodeon and created several TV shows, and also designed and co-created Taco Bell's popular animated spokespets Nacho and Dog. Proimos started Welcome Literary in 2011 to develop smart, short books for teens and younger kids. James lives with his family and TV in Maryland.

http://welcomeliterary.blogspot.com/

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