Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry SparrowSleep, Sheep! by Kerry Sparrow

Sleep, Sheep!

byKerry SparrowIllustratorGuillaume Perreault

Picture Books | October 2, 2018

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There are lots of things Duncan likes about bedtime --- the stories, the pajamas, the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste ... The only thing he doesn't like is going to sleep. And he'll do anything he can to avoid it. Until one day, Duncan's mom has had enough of his stalling. "Try counting sheep," she tells him. So, he does. At first, it's kind of fun. As he counts, each sheep appears, wearing its number like a race car, and leaps over the bed. But then comes Sheep #68, who hesitates. He needs a drink of water before he can jump. Then he has to go to the bathroom. Then he wants to put on running shoes. Will Sheep #68 ever do what he's supposed to? Kerry Lyn Sparrow's hilarious picture book story offers a new take on a universal experience. Using delaying tactics to avoid going to sleep at bedtime is a common routine for young children, and they'll love the sly humor when Duncan's own tricks get turned on him by the ("sheepish") sheep. In subtle colors with lots of telling details, Guillaume Perreault's illustrations bring Duncan's bedtime rituals and his unexpected sheep guests humorously to life. This book makes a fantastic, funny read-aloud, appealing to both children and adults.
Kerry Lyn Sparrow is an elementary school teacher. Sleep, Sheep! is her debut picture book. She lives on a farm near Ottawa, Ontario.Guillaume Perreault is a graphic designer and illustrator of numerous books for children. He lives and works in Gatineau, Quebec.
Title:Sleep, Sheep!Format:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 11.38 × 8.88 × 0.5 inPublished:October 2, 2018Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771387963

ISBN - 13:9781771387965

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! My children and I really enjoy this book. It is relatable to both children and adults, making it humorous. Very well written, cute illustrations. Can’t wait for more from this author!
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humorous Bedtime Story A cute and funny read about Duncan a little boy that does not like to fall asleep. He tries all the antics to stay up and his mother tries all her tactics to get him to go to sleep even counting sheep. I love how the sheep had their own personalities and accessories it really made them come to life. Although I enjoyed this humorous read, I thought the ending was kind of abrupt.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful bedtime story This is the author's debut book and it is delightful. Duncan likes the prep before bed... brushing his teeth with bubble gum toothpaste, changing into his jammies, cuddling with mom as she reads him his bedtime story but the thing he dislikes most? He doesn't like to drift off to sleep. He tries every trick in the book to keep the day going but his clever mom has a few tricks of her own to share. Finally mom has had enough of his dawdling and stalling and she advises him to try counting sleep as that is a magic strategy that will work. Duncan settles down under his covers and the sheep marathon begins. When he gets to sheep #68 there's a problem. This nervous, anxious little sheep can't get himself together to make that heroic leap over Duncan's bed to join the rest of the flock. Oh my! Sheep #68 needs a glass of water, then needs to use the bathroom because of all the water he consumes, has the other sheep clear a pathway for his leap, thinks maybe using a step stool might be in order, or perhaps if he borrows Sheep #23's running shoes that may help him jump over the bed. Do these stalling tactics sound familiar? Does Duncan find a solution to the hesitant sheep's dilemma and can Duncan finally settle down and float off to Dreamland? This fun book is full of humour and truth. A lot of kids use exactly the same tactics to avoid sleep at bedtime. They will enjoy reading all about those pre-bedtime tricks and how Sheep #68 exhibits the same anti-sleep rebellion as Duncan does. The illustrations are extremely well done with a soft colour pallet and lots of expression, emotion, and wit. This is a perfect, funny read-aloud for bedtime. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more of this talented author's creations.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lost itself on the way! What started very well with a young boy who doesn't want to go to sleep, a subject most parents and kids can rely on, and then it focus way too much on a sheep all become meaningless. Too bad...
Date published: 2018-06-22