Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (1996-03-26)
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When Georgina, Hubert, and Gogol -- three sheep -- have their fleecy coats stolen from the beach while they are swimming, they suspect that some wily wolves have pulle dthe wool over their eyes. To catch the thieves, the sheep enlist the help of Elliott Baa, private detective. But will Elliott's street smarts, combined with the help of a gang of rugby-loving cats, be enough to crack this baa-ffling case? Satoshi Kitamura's colorful, antic illustrations bring this comic mystery to life.
One Potato Review
Deadpan, hilarious. Three sheep - none too bright - go for a dip at the beach, but not before removing their coats on the suggestion of a pack of golfing wolves who, it turns out, run a knitwear black market in the city. There’s a detective (Elliott Baa, someone’s elk-horned relation) and rugby playing cats in the middle, although it’s finally not the noirish plot elements which will keep you going, but Kitamura’s (and the sheep’s) innate suggestibility. Here is a tale told for children by a very big child who also happens to be an enormously gifted comic artist.