Today, I have a GIVEAWAY of Morag Hood’s Brenda is a Sheep AND her latest picture book Spaghetti Hunters! I love these books so much. Read on for a sneak peak, and also a chance to win a copy for yourself.
I have to start this post with a big shout out to another Rachael (who runs her own lovely review blog). Rachael recommended Brenda is a Sheep to me after I reviewed My Best Friend by Rob Hodgson. Both stories are fabulous examples of picture books where the words say one thing while the illustrations show an entirely different story. Well, Rachael was right! I LOVE Brenda is a Sheep.
First of all, this has to be one of the most striking picture book covers I’ve ever seen and my daughter was instantly drawn to it. Who could possibly resist a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing? Morag has set the tone for this book before you’ve even opened it. She has taken this classic Aesop’s Fable and put a completely modern twist on it.
All the sheep love Brenda and love how she teaches them new “games” like throwing arrows at each other…
I love the wonderful limited palette Morag has used in this book. The contrasting green and orange is eye-catching and make the humorous vignettes really pop. At first, I thought Morag had chosen the vibrant green was just because sheep graze the grass. But I laughed out loud when I saw Brenda making her mint sauce!
Brenda is a Sheep is hilarious! Morag has taken this classic idea to an entirely new level and squeezed out every ounce of humour. Her illustrations are strikingly bold and fresh. The ending is lovely and satisfying. Brenda is a Sheep will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Publisher: Two Hoots, Macmillan
Publication date: 11 July 2019
Just when I thought Morag couldn’t push the humour any further, she has created the utterly bonkers and wacky picture book, Spaghetti Hunters!
Now, as a family we LOVE pasta and as Tiny Horse (the greatest spaghetti hunter in the world, in case you didn’t get the memo) will tell you, spaghetti is the trickiest pasta to find.
After losing his spaghetti, Duck is given no choice but to go on a ridiculous quest to find more, led by the infamous Tiny Horse. But finding spaghetti, even when you have a spade, a fishing rod, a jar of peanut butter, cutlery and some binoculars turns out to be very tricky indeed. And just when it looks like there is about to be a storm in a teapot(!) Duck takes matters into his own hands. If you can’t find spaghetti, maybe you can make it?
This book is a heap of spaghetti giggles. With each page turn comes a new level of wacky in this book. Tiny Horse is a giant force to be reckoned with. I have a feeling we may see more of Tiny Horse in books to come!
Publisher: Two Hoots, Macmillan
Publication date: 23 July 2020
So now you’re thinking, oh my goodness I NEED these picture books. Well you’re in luck! Because thanks to Two Hoots, I have a copy of each book to giveaway! To enter, head over to Twitter or for a bonus entry, comment on this blog. Good luck!
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with complimentary copies of these books. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.