Baabwaa & Wooliam (David Elliott)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Baabwaa & Wooliam, written by David Elliott and illustrated by Melissa Sweet, a fun little tale of two adventurous sheep.

Baabwaa and Wooliam are very best friends who spend every day together. Wooliam is an avid reader, which is a strange hobby for a sheep, but Bwaabaa certainly doesn’t mind. Bwaabaa herself has a passion for knitting, a remarkably practical hobby for a sheep. After reading a story on pirates one day, Wooliam suggests that the two set out on an adventure, which Bwaabaa excitedly agrees too – so what if they are technically in a great square pasture surrounded by a rock wall? Not thwarted by the inability to, you know, actually go anywhere, the two are content to adventure by walking around and around their pen, working up a nice appetite in the process. When the two stop for a nibble of grass, they notice a third… sheep(?), this one with a pointy snout, sharp fangs, and a filthy pelt, and who bears an odd resemblance to a character from one of Wooliam’s books. Perhaps their adventure is just beginning after all…

Delightfully funny. Using a combination of sharp and ridiculous humor, the hilarious duo of Baabwaa and Wooliam lead the reader on an adventure filled with subtle yet increasingly entertaining turns. The absurdity is perfectly paired with the deadpan delivery of the text and wonderfully expressive character design, resulting in a tale that’s fun for readers young and old. The story has a suitably happy ending, and a perfect length for any storytime. JJ thought the sheep, especially their pun-tastic names, were hilarious, and I had a ton of fun reading this one aloud. A silly joy of a book, and Baby Bookworm approved!

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