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The complete adventures of Johnny Mutton
Proimos, James, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
Physical Description:
151 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Presents a collection of humorous stories about Johnny Mutton, the young sheep raised as a regular boy.
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
The many adventures of Johnny Mutton -- Johnny Mutton, he's so him! -- Mutton soup -- Extras, extras, read all about it!
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.
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It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend. Whatever the adventure, Johnny's incredible zest for all that is ordinary showcases why he's so him--and why no one can resist his zany charm. Johnny will tickle your funny bone--and leave you wondering just what he'll think of next.
Fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants will have a new laugh-aloud hero to root for in this collection full of zany illustrations, jokes, and wild fun.

Author Notes

James Proimos is a well-known author, illustrator, and cartoonist. He has written screenplays for Nickelodeon and created several TV shows, and also designed and co-created Taco Bell's popular animated spokespets Nacho and Dog. Proimos started Welcome Literary in 2011 to develop smart, short books for teens and younger kids. James lives with his family and TV in Maryland.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Proimos has written both picture books and Nickelodeon screenplays, and here he combines the two sensibilities in a comic-book style collection of short vignettes. Three previously published titles [ The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton (2001); Johnny Mutton, He's So Him (2003); and Mutton Soup (2004, all HMH)] are here collected in a single volume with the addition of a new story. It begins when Momma Mutton finds a baby left on her doorstep. She happily takes him in, names him Johnny, and never notices that he is in fact a sheep, not a human. At home, at school, and around town, Johnny attracts attention by wearing socks on his ears, joining a water ballet, and dressing as a runny nose for Halloween. His escapades are full of offbeat humor and some surprisingly poignant moments, with a few potty humor gags thrown in for good measure. The illustrations are bold, accessible, and as zany as the text. These silly tales may, at first glance, seem slight. However, when readers take them in as a whole, deeper messages begin to emerge around the themes of staying true to yourself and respecting others, quirks and all. Johnny Mutton is good both for a laugh and for a reflection on self-determination and self-respect.- Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.