Matthea Harvey Amy Jean Porter
Mcsweeney's Literary Arts Fund
Lamb and Mary were alike. Unbalanced. Flat-footed. High-strung. This is their story like you’ve never heard it?the tale of a loopy shepherdess and a depressive farm animal. In this version of the children's nursery rhyme, Lamb and Mary fall in love. They swoon, they are smitten. Then Mary has second thoughts. Lamb is a lamb, after all, not a man. Lamb, heartbroken, turns to drinking. Lamb goes to a madhouse. Mary buries her feelings. And then somehow, Lamb pulls it together. He leaves the madhouse mature?saddened but more dignified, ready for another chance to win Mary's heart. But will Mary let Lamb back into her life?
Award-winning poet Matthea Harvey offers a story told in short packets of verse, and artist Amy Jean Porter brings each stanza vividly to life with her eye-popping illustrations. The collaboration yields a beautiful, off-the-wall tale of a lamb who wants only to be human, and a human who wants the love of a lamb.