Brenda Is a Sheep

Brenda Is a Sheep

Brenda Is a Sheep
Morag Hood

Two Hoots

ISBN 9781509842964

Brenda Is A Sheep is a massively mischievous and hilarious story about being accepted, from Morag Hood - the creator of The Steves, I Am Bat and Aalfred and Aalbert. Brenda says she is a sheep, but why does she look so different from her fluffy friends? All the sheep adore Brenda. With her sharp pointy teeth and cool grey fur, she's the snazziest sheep around. But Brenda is also very hungry, and doesn't much like the taste of grass . . . she soon begins plotting the most delicious feast of all. But will the sheep notice that Brenda isn't quite the same as them? A brilliant twist on the classic wolf-in-sheep's-clothing fable from the award-winning Morag Hood.

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Morag Hood is a genius! Another fantastic picture book by this brilliant author. Morag is best known for her eye-catching, multi-levelled humour books and this one does not disappoint. Personally, I would recommend this book for children aged 5-7, although younger children could access this book because of how well the illustrations support the storyline.

Brenda is a Sheep is a twist on the old fable: a wolf in sheep's clothing. This vibrant lime and green-themed picture book coupled with a cheeky wolf character on the front dressed in a jumper made from wool, certainly peaked my interest. Where did this wolf procure such clothing!?

The story introduces us to Brenda, a wolf who is part of a flock of sheep. The wolf knows she is different from the sheep but she the only one who notices this! The other sheep simply accept Brenda for who she is, in fact they celebrate her differences and envy her seemingly unique attributes. The concept of social acceptance and feelings of being out of place are purported right from the start. This book can easily be used as a basis for a personal, social, health and economics (PSHE) lesson regarding celebrating differences within our class, schools or communities.

The story goes on to put the reader in a position of power by bestowing us with the knowledge of what Brenda really is and what she is planning to do with the unwitting sheep. This gives the book a wry sense of humour as we, the reader, really know her ulterior motive. Especially when she teaches the sheep new games like catch the arrow fired from a bow, teeth sharpening and Brenda's favourite: tag.

Because she makes the sheep so happy with these games, and she has got such cool physical characteristics, the sheep idolise Brenda; they want to be just like her. However, Brenda has other things in mind! She is getting she makes a big batch of mint sauce, puts the sheep to bed whilst telling them that there will be a surprise for them in the morning... Fantasising about a delicious feast, Brenda falls asleep. She wakes to a huge surprise. The sheep have created a feast for Brenda: grass pie, grass sausages, grass burgers and much more all with a delicious mint sauce. How can she of had such sinister thoughts about such super friends!

I am really excited to see if we can recreate such delicacies during forest school. I can't wait to see what the children come up with. Oh, and don't worry, I'll bring some mint sauce!

Picture book / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by James Hewish, teacher