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The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing REI/PSC Edition
Contributor(s): Lester, Helen, Munsinger, Lynn (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 054423300X     ISBN-13: 9780544233003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2014
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Annotation: Clothing is important to Ewetopia, but her carefully-chosen wolf outfit fails to impress the other sheep at the Woolyones' costume ball until a real wolf appears dressed as a sheep, mistakes her for his mother, and throws a tantrum.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Clothing and dress; Fiction.
Sheep; Fiction.
Wolves; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2014025826
Lexile Measure: 570
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Laugh-along Lessons
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 8.25" W x 0.50" (0.55 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 115864
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
 
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Contributor Bio(s): IV> Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
"Ewetopia was not comfortable in her own wool." In a complicated story (involving a costume party, mistaken identity, and a tantrum-prone wolf), she learns to love who she is. Munsinger's playful illustrations depict each character's wide range of emotions. Some of the many sheep puns--"she knitted her eyebrows (a sheep thing)"--may confuse the intended audience. A free audio version is available on the publisher's website.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 August #1)

Lester and Munster (Hooway for Wodney Wat ) do it again, striking a winning combination of witty wordplay and hilarious images. Ewetopia, a sheep who is "not comfortable in her own wool," dons an array of outrageous outfits in a futile attempt to impress her peers. When she receives an invitation to the Woolyones' Costume Ball, she determines to outshine everyone. Not until she tries on 57 costumes does she—in a "Ewereka!" moment—find the perfect one: a wolf's suit. At the ball, her disguise draws ample attention, yet not of the desirable sort ("Bad taste," "Faulty judgment," bleat the other attendees). Then all eyes shift to a handsome stranger entering the ballroom, whom readers will recognize as a wolf in sheep's clothing, his tail, feet, paws and snout comically protruding from his wooly costume. In a pleasingly absurd twist, he mistakes Ewetopia for his mother and suggests that they grab "a couple of fat woolyones" and go home to eat, which puzzles her ("What kind of a creep would dine on a sheep?"). Eventually Ewetopia wises up, of course, and slyly manages to drive the wolf from the ball and save her wooly comrades (their names are Ewecalyptus, Ewetensil and Heyewe). Extremely amewesing. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

[Page 188]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 September)

Gr 1–3— A pun-filled tale with sheep that have names like Ewetopia, Ewecalyptus, and Ewetensil. Older children are more likely to appreciate the puns, while younger ones will simply enjoy the humor. All poor Ewetopia wants is to be noticed, and she gets her chance to shine when she is invited to the Woolyones' Ball. After trying on 57 costumes, she decides that dressing as a wolf will get her the most attention. With a sheep disguised as a wolf and a wolf as a sheep, trouble is sure to be right around the corner. The playful illustrations, suffused with expression and shades of pink, show sheep outfitted in tutus and an Elvis costume, and the wolf having a tantrum. Lester follows a familiar format in this clever tale, which would work well when compared to and contrasted with others that involve sheep and wolves.—Judy Chichinski, Skyline Elementary School, Tacoma, WA

[Page 169]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
 
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