Sunday, May 15, 2022

"The Wolf Suit" - a bookwrap



The Wolf Suit

by Sid Sharp


* Reading Age:  6-11 years

* Grade Level:  1-6

* Length:  128 pages

* Publisher:  Annick Press

* Pub. Date:  Oct. 4, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1773217208

* ISBN-13:  978-1773217208

Editorial Reviews 

"A lovely, lush allegory about the joys and terrors of trying on a new look."

Michael DeForge, Eisner nominated creator of Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

"Genuinely lovely. A gorgeous palette of colours and emotions with illustrations that leap off the page."

Matthew Forsythe, creator of MINA, and Pokko and the Drum

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book

Bellwether Riggwelter is a sheep who lives alone in the forest.  He discovers he is out of blackberries and is fearful to gather more as wolves lurk in the shadows and might be waiting for a nice juicy dinner and may just choose HIM as the main course!   Rather than go without his beloved berries he hatches a plan that could keep him safe and allow him to pick the berries that he craves.  Whatever could that plan be do you think? 

Bellwether decides the best way to keep safe is disguising himself as one of those scary predators he's so fearful of.  He crafts himself a wolf suit to wear so he will blend in.  This enables him to pick his berries and then return home safely with his stash.  Think it will work?  

He puts his plan into practice and quickly finds out that it may be coming unravelled... coming apart at the seams... literally!  Oh NO!  His clever hand-sewn wolf suit has a few flaws that exposes to the other animals that he is not who he is pretending to be.  They learn that Bellwether Riggwelter is not a scary wolf at all, in fact, he's really a petrified, terrified, sheep. Will he be the main course on their menu for dinner that night or by some miracle will he be saved from such a tragedy?  The surprise twist at the end of the story is fantastic! 

This tale is humorous, dark and then brought into the light.  The illustrations are portrayed in graphic novel style, a style that kids love!  Bellwether's fear is turned into happiness and joy as he learns how to celebrate who he is created to be and that he does not have to be an impostor to fit in and be accepted.  Both young and old will be inspired by the heartwarming message.  I whole-heartedly endorse this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

SID SHARP is an artist, illustrator, and sometimes bookseller who is mostly interested in folklore, horror stories, and finding good sticks for their stick collection. They recently graduated from OCAD U, where they won the Illustration Medal. They live in Toronto, Canada.

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