The Wolf Suit (Hardcover)
November/December 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“Bellweather has to figure out a way through the forest without getting eaten by the wolves. Combining the best attributes of picture books and graphic novels, this is a good pick for a longer story. The illustrations add dimension, and humor!”
— Margaret Neville, The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT
The Wolf Suit by Sid Sharp is a cautionary tale. Our protagonist is a savvy sheep named Bellwether who lives a solitary life in his cottage just outside of the forest. When he realizes that he is almost out of blackberries, “running perilously low,” he reasons that he can easily get more in the forest. But, he has heard wolves howling from the forest and he’s terrified of becoming their next meal. Having tried (and failed) to conquer his fear, he comes up with a plan to use his “impeccable crafting skills” to create a realistic wolf suit. Once completed, “instead of himself, he was someone else.” Emboldened in his disguise he sets out to pick berries. Predictably, he runs into the wolves who politely introduce themselves, welcome him as the new wolf to the forest, and invite him to a wolf gathering happening later that night. Nervously, Bellwether accepts the invitation and they agree to meet later. He notices that his wolf suit is starting to come apart at the seam but figures he might as well get those blackberries. After encountering brambles, sticks, moths and bad timing he’s back with the wolves in a now tattered wolf suit that continues to unravel. Until: “Bellwether...are you a sheep?” His cover is blown and he is prepared to meet his doom. Until: no, I’m not going to spoil it. Suffice it to say there are no sheep eaten in this story.
For the past 30 years I have had the great good fortune to wear a “bookseller suit.” The time has come for me to hang up the suit and join you on the other side of the sales counter! Thank you for your excellent patronage—it has not gone unnoticed.— Collette, Wild Rumpus
"Gorgeous"--The New York Times - A School Library Journal Best Book of 2022 - An Indigo Best Kids' Book of 2022 - A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection - Moonbeam Children's Book Award Gold Winner - An American Booksellers Association Kids Indie Next Pick
Bellwether Riggwelter is, once again, out of blackberries. This time, rather than tiptoe through a forest full of predators, he comes up with a new plan. He will keep himself safe by blending in--he will sew a Wolf Suit The disguise works perfectly . . . sort of. Bellwether realizes he can't enjoy the forest in a bulky suit, and he may not be the only creature in the forest who feels that way. Perhaps not everyone is as wolfish as they appear.
With humor, darkness, and insight reminiscent of Jon Klassen and Edward Gorey, Sid Sharp turns the idiom "wolf in sheep's clothing" on its head.
This award-winning hilarious and touching graphic novel debut about the pressures of conformity and conquering fear by finding community is the perfect contemporary folktale to press into the hands of anyone who has felt they need to pretend to be someone else.