28th March 2014, Curious Fox, 10 pages, Board Book, Review copy
Themes: traditional nursery rhyme
Summary from Capstone Young Readers (It isn't yet up on the Curious Fox website)
Illustrator Charles Reasonor's charming version of the traditional nursery rhyme Little Bo Peep. Word balloons add a touch of sweet humor to the familiar tale of a girl and her lost sheep.
There are probably a lot of versions of the Little Bo Peep nursery rhyme, but these version uses the original text...and a hilarious cast! I liked how the birds give Bo Peep a clue where the sheep are, and they seem to direct the sheep back to her. I love how the sheep seem to be playing hide and seek rather than being lost, which feels more of a negative event.
The pages are easy to turn, and fun with the sheep down the side of the cover being the actual pages! The vibrant colours and cute design make this such a joy to read I'm sure adults will like it on the 10th, 20th or maybe 50th reread! It goes to show rhymes (and stories) like this one are timeless and can be illustrated according to the current style of the era it is told in. Who knows, in the future the sheep may have got lost thanks to sat nav!
For more board books try the Oliver and Moss series which includes Collette the Cow (Children's, Picture book/Board book, 9/10E)