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Kids Fiction 203
silly read about friendship and acceptance
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
BRENDA IS A SHEEP is a silly book about friendship and acceptance. Brenda is a sheep (actually a wolf in a sweater). The other sheep all love Brenda, who has taught them new things like catch (catching an arrow she shot at them). Brenda has a surprise feast coming up and puts the sheep to sleep at night, waiting until they are all asleep. However, she also falls asleep, and when she wakes up, the sheep have prepared a special feast (of grass-shaped foods) for her instead.

What I loved: This is silly, albeit a bit morbid, fun with the wolf preparing to eat the sheep and then becoming one of them with a grand gesture. This would work for children who can get it and understand without being too afraid of the sheep getting eaten (no actual sheep are eaten in the book). A lot of the jokes are behind the text, as the text just talks about Brenda being a sheep (when you can see she is a wolf) and other similar things. The illustrations are simple and colorful, which will appeal to a young audience.

What left me wanting more: I think I could have done without Brenda plotting to eat them all in their sleep, but as it does not happen, this will be according to child/parent comfort level. Otherwise, it's generally just silly, and the wolf is being a wolf (until the end).

Final verdict: BRENDA IS A SHEEP is a silly book about friendship and acceptance with brightly colored illustrations that will appeal to young readers.
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