Louis I, King of the Sheep – Olivier Tallec


51vryglwdwl Louis I, King of the Sheep – Olivier Tallec, Enchanted Lion, ( 9781592701858), 2015

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? When a nice blue crown blows up towards Louis the Sheep, he sees it as the perfect opportunity to become King. He goes about doing all the things he feels a king should do – like get a scepter (a stick), a throne (nook of a tree) and a grand bed (spot under the tree). He addresses his flock, brings in lions to hunt, and has his gardeners construct mazes and more. He even decides that only sheep who look like he does could live near him; the rest are driven out. And then, one windy day, the crown falls from his head and blows away; Louis must return to being an ordinary sheep. Nice twist at the end. Wonderfully expressive illustrations perfectly complement this bucolic tale.

Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? Share this one with those who enjoyed “The Queen of the Frogs” by Davide Cali and Marco Soma. The stories are very similar.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, kindergartens and day-care centers.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 2/20/2017

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