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Bridget and the muttonheads
Lindenbaum, Pija.
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Gittan och f⁰arskallarna. English
Publication Information:
Stockholm ; London : R. & S., [2002]

Physical Description:
34 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 64424.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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An uproarious follow-up to Bridget and the Gray Wolves Bridget is staying in a hotel with her parents, and it's boring. There's no sandbox like the one at daycare, and there are no other children - only grownups talking gibberish, walking about in bathing suits, and making giant splashes in the pool. Bridget doesn't like swimming and decides to go exploring. Behind the hotel there is a beach and a tiny island, where she discovers five small sheep in dire need of a little care. They are overheated and very hungry. Bridget helps them cool down, but will she be able to teach them to swim across the bay to find food? Of course! Bridget and the Muttonheads will have readers both young and old laughing at Pija Lindenbaum's clever illustrations and Bridget's winning personality.

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Booklist Review

PreS.-Gr. 2. Bridget, introduced in Bridget and the Gray Wolves(2001), is at a resort with her parents where there's no sandbox and no other kids. Leaving her parents poolside, she finally finds sand behind the hotel, where she digs tunnels and canals, and "little holes for mermaids to rest in." She spies a tiny island, wades out to it, and discovers five sweltering sheep. She dips them in the water, puts them out to dry, milks them (they were walking funny) and feeds them on lemon soda and cookies. The dialogue between the sheep, who say things like "pirry-pirry-ho-ho" and Bridget, who speaks to them sensibly, is pretty funny, as is Bridget's steadfast march to the beat of her own odd and quirky drummer. The watercolor images brightly capture the sand and water--and Bridget's pudgy dad in his bathing trunks and skinny mom in her two-piece. GraceAnne DeCandido.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fresh from her adventure with a pack of wolves (Bridget and the Gray Wolves), Bridget wanders away from the hotel pool while on vacation, and meets five offbeat sheep (they feed on "lemon soda, cookies and old Band-Aids") whom she teaches to swim, in Bridget and the Muttonheads by Pija Lindenbaum, trans. by Kjersti Board. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-While playing at the beach behind the hotel where her family is vacationing, Bridget notices "clouds" on a small, nearby island. Wading out, she discovers that the clouds are actually five sheep, "all limp and perspiring heavily." She sets about cooling them off, milking them, feeding them, teaching them to swim, and shearing their heavy coats. Finally, she and the animals part ways, and Bridget returns to the hotel. The text is written in the third-person from an omniscient narrator's point of view, which unfortunately keeps readers well distanced from the characters. In addition, some of the situations don't make sense, such as a child wandering off on her own and wading out into the water without being missed by her parents. Young readers may also be confused as to why there are sheep on the beach to begin with-a fact that is never explained. The cartoon drawings of the animals and their brightly illustrated antics are the real stars of this book, but even these unique pictures cannot make the book anything more than a marginal purchase.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.