The Great Sheep Shenanigans

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“A lamb for my supper will taste mighty fine!” thought a wily old wolf by the name of Lou Pine. Poor Lou! In this fractured fairy tale, the wolf is stopped at the hedge by the flock’s protector, Rambo the Ram. So Lou sets off to find a disguise that will let him sneak into the flock. He tries a fuzzy bathrobe, paint, and even cotton candy, but nothing works out. Can he scare Red Riding Hood’s grandmother into knitting him a costume? Or will she—like everyone else—be able to thwart the wolf’s plans?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV019000, JUV002250, JUV012030
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 530
ATOS Reading Level 2.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149027
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Peter Bently

Peter Bently lives in England. He studied languages at Oxford University and has written more than 40 titles, one of which led to him win the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.

Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka

Since graduating from Kingston College of Art in 2004 Mei Matsuoka has been much in demand as an illustrator. Her illustrations for a short story won first prize in a UNESCO sponsored competition, which she traveled to Japan to collect in 2005. Mei was on the final longlist of candidates nominated as Best New Illustrators, and is one of the UK's most exciting newcomers to children's books.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2013


The Horn Book Guide

“Lou Pine, ‘a wily old wolf,’ craves lamb for dinner. With Rambo the Ram standing in his way, Lou must plan a way to infiltrate the flock. He bullies Little Red’s grandmother into knitting him a sheep costume, but he underestimates Granny’s own trickery and is finally served his comeuppance. Inviting and humorous collage-like illustrations accompany the rollicking rhyme.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

The Great Sheep Shenanigans makes great reading for energetic youngsters.” —School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Big-nosed, pale gray Lou is endearing even if he is the antihero. Kids will be diverted by Bently’s skillful and risible rhymes and by Matsuoka’s droll depictions of Lou’s antics, and they’ll wolf this one down.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“The stanzas employ a singsong rhyme that never wears out its welcome…. The rascally illustrations reduce things to humorous simplicities (lambs are but plump white circles), completing this very appealing twist on a familiar tale.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Lou Pine’s ineptitude gives Wile E. Coyote a run for his money.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Bently employs rollicking rhyme at a breakneck pace to tell the goofy tale.” —Kirkus Reviews