Brenda Is a Sheep

Random. Nov. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593173800.
PreS-Gr 1–A wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf unless that wolf’s name is Brenda. Yes, Brenda is a wolf who wears a colorful woolly sweater in an attempt to blend in with the sheep, keeping just one end goal in mind, a scrumptious feast complete with a special mint sauce. But in the process of duping the sheep, mischievous Brenda wins the affection of her fluffy snacks-turned-friends. In the end, it is Brenda who is fooled, or, more accurately reformed, by the sheep, who accept her despite her differences. Young readers and listeners may not yet have encountered the old saying and they may not connect tasty mint sauce to a delicious rack of lamb. But they will relish the bright orange and gray party on every page; the humorous and appealing illustrations buoy the tale, provide a subtext, and leave readers’ worries in the dust.
VERDICT A very funny addition to any library.

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