Review by Booklist Review
Other sheep prefer to graze quietly in the meadow, but Arnold is different. Cast, in Renger's cartoon illustrations, in sweater and headband, Arnold vigorously runs, jumps, works out, and, striking a pose, proclaims himself a Super Sheep! When news arrives that a wolf is on the way, Arnold's announcement that he will stay and fight makes the other sheep laugh incredulously and the hulking wolf, when it appears, has the same reaction. So hard is the wolf chortling, in fact, that it doesn't notice Arnold's friend and fan Milo the mole wrapping its feet together with yarn. When the wolf's mighty spring turns into a face plant, Arnold's triumph is complete, and as the predator hops off in mortification, the other sheep present him with a superhero's cape. Milo's contribution is unfairly downplayed, but he seems content to bask in his buddy's reflected glory and the author's acknowledgment that even a Super Sheep needs a little help sometimes.--Peters, John Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-Arnold the Sheep (proudly bearing a capital A on his woolen vest) is far more exceptional than the other sheep in the meadow. Rather than settling for a dull routine of grazing all day, he spends most of his time running, squatting, boxing, and doing push-and-pull-ups. The inevitable arrival of the wolf does not faze Arnold at all, though he requires "just a little" help from his best friend Milo the Mole to contend with him. When ultimately confronted by said Wolf, Arnold's brave stance and balled fists are enough to momentarily distract the bigger animal as he erupts into a fit of laughter. Arnold takes advantage of this unexpected interruption-with that added bit of help from Milo-by causing the wolf to trip on the wool from his sweater. Similar to trickster folktales that feature a physically weaker underdog getting the better of a dominant enemy, this picture book promotes the positive idea to young children that hard work, perseverance, and confidence can pay off. The fact that Milo never gets the full credit he deserves is never brought up. On the other hand, this does not detract from the hilariously cheerful illustrations of the mole holding Arnold up while he does push-ups. VERDICT Sure to delight a picture book story time crowd who will likely applaud Arnold's exploits along with his small friend, though the story falls a bit short in terms of the merits of teamwork.-Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Even a superhero sheep can't go it alone without a trusty sidekick.Sheep graze. Occasionally they are sheared for their wool, and occasionally they make a fine meal (especially to big bad wolves). But "As far as Arnold is concerned, any old sheep can graze." Arnold likes to bang out the pushups and chin-ups and to dance around in circles shadowboxing. " I am a Super Sheep!' says Arnold. But that's not what the other sheep think. They just don't get Arnold." But Milo the mole does. He thinks Arnold is grand stuff and helps him with his training. When the wolf inevitably shows, all the sheep run and hide, but Arnold stands his ground (with Milo). Arnold challenges the wolf, feinting and jabbing and looking so ridiculous the wolf starts to laugh. Laughing, the wolf doesn't notice Milo grab a stray end of Arnold's sweater and tie it to the wolf's tail. Round and round Arnold goes, till the wolf finally lunges to discover that his feet are all tangled up in Arnold's diminished sweater. Down the wolf falls on his noggin, getting knocked silly. Whatever the moral of the storygo your own way; when the going gets tough, the weak get trickyArnold is a good and sympathetic character, the whole story drawn together by Renger's easygoing cartoon illustrationsThe final word: there is more than one way to teach a wolf some manners. (Picture book. 4-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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