It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd.
Whether bringing a gift to his teacher, creating an outrageous Halloween costume, or enduring a game of basketball, Johnny always manages to find success by doing things just a bit differently. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend.
So join Johnny Mutton, Momma, Mr. Slopdish, and Gloria Crust on this wild and woolly adventure. But be sure to watch out for those scary fake teeth!
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We know James Proimos from his eccentric, cartoonish, completely wonderful picture-book debut Joe's Wish and his second book The Loudness of Sam. In this equally odd, splendidly quirky chapter book (written in a comic-strip-frame, Captain Underpants-style), he offers six hilarious stories from "More Fun than a Bag of Marshmallows" to "The Pirates Meet the Runny Nose." It all starts when Momma Mutton opens her front door and finds that a baby has been left on her front step--a baby sheep. "But Momma's weak eyes and warm heart kept her from even noticing." She names the baby Johnny Mutton and raises him as her own son. In time, people begin to recognize that there is something odd about Johnny, but no one ever realizes that he is a sheep. The ensuing tales track his adventures in school, such as when he gives Mr. Slopdish the teacher a bag of marshmallows instead of apples (a big hit!) and when he dresses up a basketball like a squirrel and hides it in a tree so he doesn't have to catch 100 passes from his hoops-obsessed mother anymore. This may all sound silly to you, but helpless giggling by 8-year-olds is virtually guaranteed. Proimos has a knack for creating heart-melting stories in such an offbeat, hip, silly way you can't quite believe you're so moved. We tip our hats to him once again and sheepishly look forward to the continued adventures of Johnny Mutton. (Ages 5 to 9) --Karin SnelsonAbout the Author:
JAMES PROIMOS is the author and illustrator of Joe's Wish and The Loudness of Sam. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Descripción Perfection Learning, 2001. Estado de conservación: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Nº de ref. de la librería 2773417437