Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? A sheep standing on a hill on a windy day becomes a self-made king when a blue crown blows onto its head. King Louis I now stands on two feet and begins to assert his power. First he acquires a scepter, a throne, and a fancy bed. Then his power trip leads to making speeches, hunting, and building an army. Things get worse when “Louis I decided that only the sheep who resembled him could live at his side. The others must be driven out.” But then another windy day finds King Louis I back on the hilltop where his crown blows away and “Louis I, King of the Sheep, became Louis the sheep once again.” On a final wordless spread the crown is on the head of a wolf. The illustrations perfectly complement this political allegory. This will be sure to spark a lively discussion among older readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good choice for a classroom discussion of government and power.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 3/4/17