Friday, 11 October 2013

Mary Had A Sleepy Sheep by Julia Dweck and Wilson Williams Jr (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E)

 September 2013, Xist Publishing, 25 pages, Ebook, Review copy

Themes: sleep issues, logical thinking, dealing with frustration, visiting a library
Content: lots of laughter

Summary from Xist Publishing
“Young Mary had a little lamb.
His name was Sheppard sheep,
And everywhere that Mary went
That sheep was sure to sleep.”
This is not your average Mother Goose nursery rhyme.
In this hilarious parody, poor Mary has one very sleepy, slumbering snoozing sheep named Sheppard and Mary’s mom is not happy. Can Mary can keep her sleepy sheep awake? 

Nayuleska's thoughts 
This is a delightful new take on a classic nursery rhyme. It was funny seeing Mary annoyed with the
sheep, instead of just accepting it being with her which is what happened in the original. I loved Mary's big idea, the way she thought about the dilemma and then adjusted the solution to fit in with the sheep's interests. The illustrations are a perfect match with the story, getting across Mary's feelings towards the sheep. It was clever how her cat had a toy mouse hidden in each page, although it would have been a bit more fun if it was mentioned at the start rather than the end so the reader could look for it as they read it.

However, maybe it was mentioned at the end so the reader can read the story then go back and look for me. The funniest scene had to be Julia and Wilson's bio pages - got to love those sheep!

Find out more on Julia's website and Wilson's website.

Suggested read
For more bed time fun check out Goodnight Princess by Michelle Robinson & Nick East (Children's, Picture book, 10/10)

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