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Big Bad Sheep by Bettina Wegenast

Big Bad Sheep

by Bettina Wegenast

Other authors: Katharina Busshoff (Illustrator)

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Fun story about a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Great twist on a well known folk tale. I think my children will enjoy reading it themselves.
  lowndeb | Jan 10, 2013 |
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Big Bad Sheep by Bettina Wegenast is a mixed up fairy tail of sorts. In it a sheep wishes to apply for the position of a wolf. He is awarded the job on a trial basis and goes straight to work terrorizing his fellow sheep, including eating an old rival. Another sheep who has followed the whole ordeal has enough and applies for the position of hunter. In the end they do away with the tradition of wolves eating sheep and hunters rescuing sheep. While my children and I really enjoyed the illustrations by Katharina Busshoff, we felt that there needed to be more character development. We didn't feel like we got to know any of the characters well enough to think anything of them other than to feel sorry for them for being in this story. Based on the description I had read of this book, I was hoping for so much more. ( )
  HeatherHomeschooler | Apr 28, 2012 |
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Big Bad Sheep is a wonderfully warped children’s book from Germany, written by Bettina Wegenast and illustrated by Katharina Busshoff. It is written in an irreverent, self-aware manner, and the quirky line-drawings accompany the story on each page.

The book takes place after the defeat of the Big Bad Wolf by the Three Little Pigs, when a cantankerous sheep decides he could take on the role of the Wolf splendidly. Going through bureaucratic registration, he gains the official Wolf suit. However, when this sheep in wolf’s clothing takes his new job too seriously, his sheep friend must counter by applying for the position of the Hunter.

This twist on fairy tales and fables is sharp enough for both adults and kids, but not mockingly cynical like many contemporary retellings. And I don’t know of many children’s books that would name their three sheep characters Karl, Locke, and Renee! ( )
  guyalice | Apr 15, 2012 |
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My six year-old is dictating this review:
This book is about sheep that wanted to be the town's big bad wolf (a tradition) so he could scare everyone. He actually ate a sheep so his other friend dressed up as a hunter to rescue the eaten sheep. After the rescue (everyone lives) they decide to get rid of the wrecked wolf costume and get rid of the tradition of having a wolf in town.

I liked this book because it was creative and about animals and dressing up. I think it would be best for 6 year olds who can read well.

Parental note: Obviously the irony is lost on a 6 year old! ( )
1 vote technodiabla | Apr 14, 2012 |
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An unlikely applicant lands the job of Fairytale Land's biggest villain in this short chapter book aimed at middle-level readers.

Dry humor and ironic voices will likely be lost on younger readers but should keep older readers/parents interested in what *could* have been just another riff on a familiar tale.

My six-year-old enjoyed this one, and so did I. Still, aspects which make this would-be-4-1/2-star into a 4 include: an excessively long opening chapter and black-and-white illustrations which do not always follow the text. ( )
  ASKier | Mar 29, 2012 |
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In an English translation of the German book Wolf Stein, a sheep named Karl applies for the newly vacant job of Wolf. Karl and his sheep friends (Rene and Locke) discover the power and peril in trying to become something you are not. Karl, acting as Wolf, eats Rene. Locke has to become the Hunter to save Rene from Karl’s Wolf stomach. The Hunter Locke replaces Rene with a stone in Karl’s Wolf stomach. Karl nearly drowns when he enters a nearby stream for a drink. Rene and Locke save him, but sew a bell into his stomach to remind him of who he is. The moral of this chapter book is that we are happiest and the world is in balance when we are who we were meant to be. This book is a satire of the enlightenment movement of modern philosophy where Karl is Karl Marx, Locke is John Locke, and Rene is Rene Descartes. The dwarf represents Nietzsche.

Although this is marketed as a children’s book and has illustrations, it is not material that children will fully understand. This story, which starts at the end of the tale of the Three Little Pigs, plays on the wolf in sheep’s clothing idea by putting a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Like many fairy tales, there are a few violent and scary situations. The basic black and white drawings illustrated by Katharina Busshoff do not depict bloodshed.

While some of the story is very funny, the humor is over the heads of most children. Sophisticated words in the text may need to be explained or looked up in a dictionary. Some readers will need help with pronunciation.

Librarians should carefully consider before adding this to a collection meant for children.
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Busshoff, KatharinaIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ragg-Kirkby, HelenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The big bad wolf is dead! But no sooner do the three little pigs start celebrating than the sheep Karl decides to apply to be the wolf's replacement. He's barely slipped on the wolf's skin when he starts to change before the very eyes of his friends, becoming perhaps a bit more wolf than anyone expected.

Who hasn't wanted to do or be something different? Big Bad Sheep deals with precisely this wish, simultaneously asking how true friendship expresses itself. Bettina Wegenast tells this story of the "sheep in wolf's clothing" with a good dose of humor and many subtle allusions. The simple, expressive strokes of Katharina Busshoff's black-and-white drawings perfectly complement this quirky and profound story.

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Unable to stand by and watch his friend Kalle become a sheep in wolf's clothing when he gets the job of big bad wolf on a trial basis, Locke, also a sheep, takes on the job of hunter to stop Kalle's madness.

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