Brenda is a Sheep by Morag Hood

Okay. One look at this cover and you KNOW you are going to get yourself a funny book.

  • The title says “sheep” and the art says “definitely NOT a sheep”–this makes little readers feel in on the joke from the start.
  • We see that Brenda is literally a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I mean c’mon! Check out that wool sweater!
  • Brenda looks INNOCENT and adorable, but is she???? Oh, the suspense!

And guess what? Morag Hood‘s book just gets better once you open it up.

This is the book’s summary:

Brenda is exactly like all the other sheep. Well, except for the sharp teeth, gray fur, sharp claws, and orange sweater. All the sheep think that Brenda is just the best! Despite Brenda’s best efforts to enjoy the ultimate sheep feast, Brenda realizes that she is, after all, a sheep. A funny reminder that what you look like doesn’t dictate who you are.

And this is some nice news about the book:

It’s been shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture Book Prize 2021. This prize celebrates Scottish picture books and encourages reading for pleasure. Ooh.

And these are a couple of the spreads:

And these are 5 reasons why I enjoyed this book:

  • the deadpan humor–Oh, how I appreciate a good line. And this book has lots of them. One example is the line on that second spread: “But Brenda has other things on her mind.” The very last line of the book, however, might be the very best. You’ll have to read the book for yourself because I refuse to spoil the ending. You’re welcome.
  • the details in the art–Take a looksie at that sheep knitting her own sweater and that sheep sheering his own self. Oh, my heart! Sneak a peek at that cookbook tucked under Brenda’s arm. Omigoodness!
  • the cheery palette–I have never loved an orange/grey/green/white/black color combo so much!
  • the sheep are so adorable and welcoming and filled with joy that I am all set to join the flock myself
  • the feelings–This book made me FEEL so many things. I was amused. I was worried. I was surprised. And I was excited to read it all over again.

And these are Morag’s seven top tips for getting started with picture book writing! Enjoy. 🙂

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. Getting kids excited about reading and writing is Tammi's passion. Her other passion is mango tea. In addition to winning awards and garnering starred reviews, Tammi's books have gone on to do great things. Nugget & Fang was made into a musical that toured the nation. To date, the show has been performed more than 150 times. Wordy Birdy was named a Spring Kids' Indie Next pick, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month. Your Alien, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and French which makes her feel extra fancy. Tammi's latest books include Nugget & Fang Go to School, The Farm that Mac Built, and Not Now, Cow. There are many more books on the way. To learn more about Tammi, visit her site at tammisauer.com.

22 Comments:

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    Debra Kempf Shumaker

    Oooh, this looks like so much fun! Must get my hands on a copy!

  2. Oh how clever and fun! I can’t wait to read it. I already love Brenda -congrats!

  3. How fun! Looking forward to reading this!!

  4. This looks so fun!

  5. So great- thank you Tammi!

  6. Well, I have to say, this looks delightful and I’m intrigued. From Brenda (also not a sheep!)

  7. This sounds (and looks) hilarious! I’m all in. Must find it….

  8. Very cute! Will be on the lookout for this sheep, I mean, wolf. ?

  9. The cover really did make me laugh out loud!

  10. What a fun book. Love those illos. Thanks Tammi.

  11. Love a funny PB with knitting!

  12. Thank ‘ew’! I look forward to ‘baa’ing a copy! 😉

  13. I just love the name Brenda for a sheep! I have to read this! Thanks for sharing Morag’s tips as well!

  14. Looks like a fun and humorous book!
    The illustrations look fantastic!

  15. This looks adorable! I was hooked from the cover and title. So funny! I will definitely check this book out.

  16. How clever. This looks really fun.

  17. Oh, I need to read this one! Thanks for sharing with us!

  18. Oh, this looks hilarious!

  19. Looking forward to reading this fun book!

  20. This looks like my kind of book. Thank you!

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