“Gorgeous.”—The New York Times • Best Books of 2022 lists: NYPL, School Library Journal, The Globe and Mail, Indigo • JLG Gold Standard Selection • Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner • Kids Indie Next Pick

Bellwether Riggwelter is, once again, out of blackberries. This time, rather than tiptoe through a forest full of predators, he comes up with a new plan. He will keep himself safe by blending in—he will sew a Wolf Suit! The disguise works perfectly . . . sort of. Bellwether realizes he can’t enjoy the forest in a bulky suit, and he may not be the only creature in the forest who feels that way. Perhaps not everyone is as wolfish as they appear.

With humor, darkness, and insight reminiscent of Jon Klassen and Edward Gorey, Sid Sharp turns the idiom “wolf in sheep’s clothing” on its head.

This award-winning hilarious and touching graphic novel debut about the pressures of conformity and conquering fear by finding community is the perfect contemporary folktale to press into the hands of anyone who has felt they need to pretend to be someone else.

*A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


  • Joint winner, TD Summer Reading Club 2023
  • Joint winner, American Booksellers Association Kids Indie Next Pick 2022
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Center 2023
  • Joint winner, Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards 2022
  • Short-listed, Jean Little First-Novel Award 2023
  • Commended, Purple Dragonfly Book Award 2023
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Book of 2022 2022
  • Joint winner, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2022
  • Nominated, Shining Willow Award 2023
  • Joint winner, Indigo Top 50 Best Kids Books of 2022 2022
  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award 2023


“Poignant affirmation that friendships can blossom when we are brave enough to reveal our true selves.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“The gorgeous black and dark blue backgrounds, thick with night, make the opening of the curtain, and the sunlight that spills onto the last page, feel like another undressed window through which we can better see the self.”

- The New York Times

“A timeless message presented in an enthralling tale. Highly recommended for purchase.”

- School Library Journal, *starred review