Review: The Lamb Who Came For Dinner and The Wolves Who Came For Dinner by Steve Smallman and Joélle Dreidemy
One night a wolf is hungry and he fancies a nice hotpot. Just at that moment, a lamb knocks at the door.
So begins the tale of Wolf and his friend, who wins over his heart and takes the name Hotpot. It is a story of unexpected friendship, and Wolf finds himself overcome with the same love and affection of any new parent. At times he looks baffled by his own feelings.
The second story sees a group of forest creatures ganging up on the wolves when they are certain Hotpot must be in danger. Their preconceived ideas about how wolves behave turn them into vigilantes who are eventually faced down and invited in for a hot drink and storytime.
The books turn the fairytale obvious on its head and challenge the reader to think a bit harder about how we expect certain characters to behave.
Hotpot is a ridiculously irresistible character with her big round eyes and fluffy fleece. Like many tiny people, she is filled with a big determination and is unafraid to face down adults who have it all wrong.
The characters’ expressions are very realistic and at times theatrical, making this a fun read as we know their feelings first and predict how they might act next.
Hotpot and Wolf are as memorable as Mouse and Gruffalo. They are one of those picturebook duos whose contrast makes them brilliant in a story. Looking forward to more from this world.
Thanks to Little Tiger Press for my gifted books. Opinions my own.