A hilarious tale of literacy, dental hygiene and friendship.

Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read. It sounds a bit boring, but they like it. Then, quite unexpectedly, a third sheep shows up. A funny-looking sheep who wears a tattered wool coat and has long, dreadfully decaying teeth. Wooliam, being well-read, recognizes their new acquaintance: the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing! The wolf is so flattered to discover his literary reputation precedes him that he stops trying to eat Baabwaa and Wooliam. And a discovery by the sheep turns the encounter into an unexpected friendship.

This hilarious and satisfying tale is sure to have readers in stitches from start to finish.

Find BAABWAA AND WOOLIAM at local independent bookstores, through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library.

FOR EDUCATORS: The Educator’s Guide from Candlewick Press illustrates the power of reading, idioms, wordplay, and more.


Maine Lupine Award Honor Book

Cybils Award, Fiction Picture Books Finalist

Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

Junior Library Guild Selection

Written by David Elliott, this hilarious romp shares a timely and powerful message — that even our enemies can become friends when we discover common threads and common stories. Melissa Sweet’s outstanding art is whimsical and playful.
— The New York Times Book Review
Elliott’s droll sense of humor generates lots of laughs—“It says here I’m cruel and sneaky!” complains the wolf after learning how to read. “And your point?” responds Wooliam—which Sweet (Some Writer!) capitalizes on in mixed-media scenes that embody the simultaneous dopiness and intrepidness of the sheep, as well as the wolf’s mix of menace and vulnerability. An off-kilter adventure with charm to spare.
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
Elliott’s tale is cleverly humorous and a joy to read aloud. Sweet’s illustrations in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media are a stellar accompaniment... Great for knitters, for readers, for fun-seeking adventurers.
— Kirkus, starred review
With illustrations created in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, this picture book is sure to hold the attention of early elementary children...A fun modern take on the big bad wolf. The colorful visuals warmly convey the drama and excitement of the enjoyable text.
— School Library Journal