Hello, friends! Our book today is Lana Lynn Howls At The Moon, written by Rebecca Van Slyke and illustrated by Anca Sandu, a tale of lamby rebellion.
While the other sheep may be content to spend their days grazing in the fields or napping in the shade, Lana Lynn longs for more. Her best friend Shawn tries to encourage her to follow the norm, but Lana Lynn can’t help her thirst for adventure. Sneaking off one night, she discovers a strange, furry blanket the farmer has left out (actually a wolf-skin). Donning her “wolf’s clothing”, Lana runs though the deep dark woods, howling at the moon and living her dreams. She’s so convincing, in fact, that a wolfpack invites her to run with them, then back to their den for dinner. Lana is excited… until she realizes what – or rather WHO’S – on the menu.
This is a strange little book; entertaining, but occasionally and questionably dark. Finding that an innocent squirrel and bunny – as well as her BFF Shawn – are on the dinner table, Lana grabs her pal and skedaddles (leaving the other two animals to be devoured, presumably). There’s also the glossed-over fact that, you know, Lana is wearing the SKIN of a dead wolf during her escapade. That’s not to say that the story doesn’t have its charms: the lesson in moderation, the adorable characters, the clever twist on the “wolf in sheep’s clothing” fable, and a SOLID pun in the form of Lana Lynn’s name. However, it may also lead to some rather uncomfortable questions for the unprepared caregiver. Still, JJ really liked this one, and honestly, I did too; it’s a fun mix of dark humor with an intrepid female protagonist at a good storytime length. Definitely skim this one first to decide if it’s right for your little reader, but for us, it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)