Publication: April 2012 from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
+ giveaway at bottom of review
Tuftella-the fairest ewe maiden of them all-is in danger! Locked away in a tall, tall tower surrounded by a moat full of monsters, she waits to be rescued by a knight in shining fleece. Off on an all-new quest, the Warrior Sheep must sail to a faraway land on a boat called Destiny, with only a very crooked fairy godmother to guide them.
Warrior Sheep to the rescue!
The Warrior Sheep Down Under is the third title in Christine & Christopher Russell’s middle grade series about five rare-breed sheep who can’t seem to stay out of trouble and yet always manage to save the day through sheer luck and determination.
Stowing away to Australia, Sal, Oxo, Wills, Jaycey and Links are on a mission to save Tuftella from her tower. Ida and Tod (the owner of the sheep and her grandson) are visiting relatives in Australia and – as with the previous story – become entangled in the mystery our sheep are unknowingly out to solve. With a truly hilarious brand of story-telling and sheeply hijinks, Christine & Christopher Russell certainly know how to keep your attention! The villain is introduced quickly, but in that way where you know she’s the villain, but not how she is. It’s all part of the story that resolves itself in an interesting couple of twists and a lot of coincidences to get our five Warrior Sheep where they need to be in order to save the day.
The Warrior Sheep Down Under is a strong middle grade story that I would definitely recommend to younger readers. Although the third book in a series, the quality of the writing and imaginative ideas are going strong. I was not bored once throughout the book, and while there is a bit of repetition of words and phrases that can get a bit annoying to an older reader, elementary school aged kids would most likely have no problems with it. Repetition is a reinforcing reading strategy that will keep their attention focused – and of course the rapping sheep, death-defying feats of bungie jumping and white-water rafting, not to mention crocodiles and giant spiders will have them laughing and gasping right along with the five Warrior Sheep.
ARC provided from Sourcebooks through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
Thanks to Sourcebooks, I have one(1) copy of The Warrior Sheep Down Under for a lucky winner! Contest is open to residents of US/Canada. Must be 13 years of age or older, duplicate entries will be deleted. Contest ends 11:59pm EST April 17, 2012. Fill out the form to enter.