Review: The Warrior Sheep go West by Christine & Christopher Russell

The Warrior Sheep go West
by Christine & Christopher Russell

ISBN-13: 9-781402-259258
Published: August 2011 by Sourcebooks
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it

When a strange monster called Red Tongue threatens rams, ewes, and lambs everywhere, the Warrior Sheep spring into action.

Now the five bravest sheep in the eweniverse must hoof it to Las Vegas to stop Red Tongue’s rampage.

And so the Warrior Sheep Go West.

Can the warriors stop the mystery monster before it’s too late?

Ok first? This book is too cute! The Warrior Sheep go West is a perfect title – the story is about a group of sheep (five, to be exact) who travel from the UK to the United States as warriors ready to defend all sheep-kind from the threat of Red Tongue.

Although technically the second book in a series I found it not necessary to read the first book before this one (it’s a good idea, mind, but you won’t be lost if you don’t) in order to understand what’s going on. The two stories seem very separate from one another but the authors provide some nice looks back to the first book in order to help the reader understand a bit more about why the sheep see themselves as Warrior Sheep. The five sheep follow the Songs of the Fleece (bible for sheep?) and when the warning from Red Tongue corresponds with a verse in the Songs, the sheep take notice and head right out.

Mind you, there are a great number of coincidences and sub-plots that help the sheep on their journey to defeating Red Tongue from destroying all sheep-kind, but that’s the fun of the story! Ida White and her grandson Tod are lured to America for their five rare-breed sheep (our warriors) and as soon as the plane touches down the crazy adventure begins. Our five sheep – Sal, Oxo, WIlls, Jaycey and Links – are chased to Las Vegas and back by the shifty Holly Boomberg and her scientist husband, though they are oblivious to much of the danger. Which obviously leads to much of the humour!

As the story unfolds we’re clued in to what and who Red Tongue exactly is, but are left in the dark as to why Holly Boomberg and her husband need the sheep. The mystery is revealed at the end amidst much hilarity, and the coincidences continue to a satisfying end. I think younger readers will fall in love with the five sheep (especially rhyming and rapping Links) and be pulled right into their adventure trying to stop Red Tongue and save the Rams and sheep-kind. Humourous, straight-forward writing will keep a young readers attention and the characterizations will help them connect and identify with the sheep, Ida White, Tod and even Holly Boomberg. All five sheep have such distinct personalities it’s easy to keep them all straight. The Warrior Sheep go West is a wild romp of a middle grade that even older readers will enjoy!

ARC provided by Sourcebooks as part of a blog tour and in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!