Morag is well-known for her best-selling, eye-popping picture books with wry humour and characters you could fall in love with. It’s for this reason I squeaked in excitement when I spotted ‘Brenda’ peeking out of the Jiffy bag.
Book Boy snaffled it first and was sniggering away to himself as he read, but it wasn’t until I read it aloud to Book Boy Jr. that I realised just why…
Brenda lives with a flock of sheep who just love her. They all want to be just like her with her pointy teeth and excellent bright orange jumper. They don’t seem to notice that Brenda doesn’t like eating grass like they do, or that her preferred games invariably involve trying (unsuccessfully) to catch them. The slightly starstruck sheep also don’t seem to notice that Brenda is very hungry and is cooking up a rather large batch of delicious mint sauce ready for a grand feast.
This darkly hilarious twist on the classic tale of ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ is an absolute delight to read. It puts the reader firmly in the seat of power – they can see what’s really going on but the poor sheep are totally clueless! Book Boy Jr took great delight in pointing out that although the text said one thing, the illustrations were telling a different story!
Joyous! My favourite Morag Hood book yet. (publishing July 2019)
To find out about ‘Aalfred and Aalbert’ (the lonely aardvarks) click HERE.
*Many thanks to Two Hoots for sending me this title to review*