Marvin is not a happy sheep. All the other sheep are bigger than him, and can run faster and jump higher than he can. So Marvin decides to do something about it. He eats. And eats, and eats, until he is so big that there is nothing left for him to eat in the world-at which point Marvin eats the world itself! But that is a step too far, and what went in is going to have to come out. This is a rumbustious story that shows how it is possible to take some self-improvement just a little bit too far.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Life is lovely for all the sheep that play in the lush, green meadow under clear, blue skies except for Marvin: “I can’t run as fast or jump as high as the other sheep-. I’m too small, it’s not fair.” So with dreams of becoming just a little bigger, he begins to eat more-and to grow. The problem is that he doesn’t know when to quit, and his out-of-control behavior drives him to devour everything in sight, including, ultimately, the world. Together with comical, bold illustrations, the spare, repetitive text tells a cautionary tale about self-acceptance. Each full-color spread provides ample space for the cavorting, puffed-up sheep, whose expressive faces reflect the increasing peril of Marvin’s self-centered romp. In the tradition of “The Fat Cat,” the story is predictable with a satisfying, if slightly far-fetched, conclusion. A delightful choice for storytimes, with enough hilarity to pull in older children.
Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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