cover image You Loves Ewe!

You Loves Ewe!

Cece Bell. Clarion, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-328-52611-3

Donkey and Yam (I Yam a Donkey!) are back, still divided by a common language. This time, the contretemps trigger is homonyms, thanks to the introduction of a “lady sheep” who is the object of Yam’s affections. “This is Ewe,” Yam says. “That is me?” Donkey brays. “I yam so cute and fluffy.” To explain the concept of “hummanums,” as Donkey calls them, Yam patiently employs word signs and other visual aids (showing the difference, for example, between doe and dough, moose and mousse). Full comprehension eludes Donkey, but one thing he knows for sure: while Yam and a ram are vying for Ewe’s affections, it’s up to Ewe to decide who she likes. Bell’s bright cartoon panels remain crisply drawn, tightly cropped, and gleefully in-your-face—a narrative dynamic that the target age should eat right up. Donkey is both transgressive and utterly secure in his daffiness, so youngsters can both savor the mischief he causes and take pride that they’re at least a few steps ahead of him. Ages 4–7. [em](Nov.) [/em]