Sheepish: Wolf Under Cover

by Helen Yoon (Author) Helen Yoon (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Hungry Wolf disguises himself as a sheep and nobody suspects a thing! (Or do they?)

Wolf dreams of tasty sheep--sheep sandwiches, sheep sushi, sheep tacos! In his clever sheep costume, he infiltrates the friendly neighborhood herd, blending in by helping with chores, reading bedtime stories to the lambs, and working up a sweat in sheep aerobics class. Wolf's sneaky plan works so well, he becomes part of the family. And suddenly, the sheep don't seem quite as tasty. . . . With a charming twist ending and lots of visual fun--including the running theme of Wolf's disguise not being quite as convincing as he thinks--this hilarious take on the wolf-in-sheep's-clothing will have readers howling for more.

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Kids will wolf this one down—and won’t feel sheepish about it.


A well-crafted picture book that's great fun for reading aloud.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—What's for dinner? A famished wolf with a stealthy plan spies on an unsuspecting herd of sheep as they finish their chores before dinner. With the use of an obviously homemade sheep costume, the wolf successfully sneaks in among them. The sheep grow suspicious as the wolf grabs a tray and slides into line for dinner. After that, the wolf helps out with the dishes, laundry, and chopping wood, winning the sheep's trust through friendly games of shuffleboard and bedtime stories. Everything is going according to plan until a goodnight kiss from a tiny lamb ruins everything. The wolf is struck with the realization that eating these new fluffy friends is no longer an option. Plot thwarted, the wolf flees for home in the middle of the night. Missing the sheep, the wolf sits down with a cup of tea and new vegetarian cookbooks to peruse. VERDICT This hilarious story of finding friends in unlikely places will surely entertain and surprise early elementary-age children, and given the cartoon-style illustrations, pique an interest in graphic novels. Share this one along with Morag Hood's Brenda Is a Sheep and Lucky Platt's Imagine a Wolf for a silly story time.—Emily Brush, Novi P.L., MI

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Helen Yoon
Helen Yoon is a freelance illustrator and creative consultant operating in the greater Los Angeles area. Sheepish is her first picture book.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
January 20, 2021

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