The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton

The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton

by James Proimos
     
 

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It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd.
Whether bringing a gift to his teacher, creating an outrageous Halloween costume, or enduring a game of basketball, Johnny always manages to find success by doing things just a bit differently. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and

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It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd.
Whether bringing a gift to his teacher, creating an outrageous Halloween costume, or enduring a game of basketball, Johnny always manages to find success by doing things just a bit differently. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend.
So join Johnny Mutton, Momma, Mr. Slopdish, and Gloria Crust on this wild and woolly adventure. But be sure to watch out for those scary fake teeth!

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Readers will love Johnny in this series of cartoon adventures...A goofy classic.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A quintet of brief tales, scrawled comic-book panels and jokey narration introduce Johnny Mutton, a young sheep raised as a regular boy. Johnny is discovered on the doorstep by Momma Mutton, an effusively affectionate Olive Oyl lookalike: "Momma did such a good job bringing up Johnny that although folks noticed he was different, no one noticed he was a sheep." Still, the woolly white fellow possesses an odd sense of humor that makes him the center of attention. On the first day of school, when all the kids bring red apples for the teacher, Johnny brings "Extra Poofy" marshmallows; at this, the teacher takes out his dentures and claims to prefer soft food ("But Johnny didn't hear that because he was in the closet, hiding from those creepy fake teeth"). A Halloween tale follows a similar, silly vein: Johnny's classmates dress as witches and pirates, but the sheep dresses as a "runny nose" and befriends a girl who comes as a box of tissues. Proimos (Joe's Wish) balances third-person commentary and snappy voice-bubble dialogue. His active ink lines and undiluted colors lend wild energy to the illustrations. Johnny emerges as a model "child" both a loving son and an extroverted classroom cutup. Ages 5-9. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Fans of Dav Pilkey's work will eagerly embrace the laugh-aloud antics of Johnny Mutton, a sheep who was left on the front step of a woman's house and masquerades as an elementary-aged schoolboy. Using a comic-strip format, Proimos presents a series of short vignettes that are sure to appeal to children's funny bones. Average is not the word to describe Johnny, whose wacky adventures include presenting his teacher with a bag of marshmallows and learning about false teeth, deciding to swim in the water ballet rather than join the basketball team, and choosing to be a "giant runny schnoz" for Halloween. The colorful cartoon illustrations perfectly complement the zaniness and the expressive faces of Johnny and his classmates lend additional humor.-Maura Bresnahan, Shawsheen School, Andover, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152024130
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Series:
Johnny Mutton Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,267,035
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

JAMES PROIMOS is the author and illustrator of Joe's Wish and The Loudness of Sam. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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