Louis I, King of the Sheep, – Olivier Tallec

51vryglwdwl Louis I, King of the Sheep, – Olivier Tallec, Enchanted Lion Books, (9781592701858), 2014

Format: Hardcover

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             

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