It’s the end of the day and one little sheep is tired. All they want is the perfect to spot to close their eyes and drift off for a peaceful and restful night’s slumber. But the hill is too windy, the valley too stony, the wood too dangerous and the cave too scary. Try as they might, nowhere is quite right. Will the sleepy sheep ever find somewhere to sleep…
No need to be sheepish in recommending this wooly tale! Sure to get ewe laughing, Where Will the Sleepy Sheep Sleep? - try saying that fast - is a baa-rilliantly funny caper where one of the sheep that we count when we are struggling to doze off is the one that is having the sleeping problems. The simple quest for the perfect place to sleep takes all manner of funny turns as sleepy sheep searches high and low without success, each place having various flaws and forcing the protagonist to move on.
David’s tongue-twisting alliterative language makes for a great read aloud and the repetitive use of questions actively encourage children to reason why hills, caves and hollowed out logs are suitable, or not, for the sheep to sleep in/on. Jonathan’s bold, expressive and energetic illustrations bring the trials and tribulations of sleepy sheep to life with plenty of humour packed into each scene. The eyes, tongue and ears all give clues as to the emotions and feelings of the weary and bedraggled sleepy head with initial looks of relief at finally finding somewhere to sleep quickly followed by all manner of shocked expressions as the perils and problems of caves, woods, hills, stones and caves are realised.
Perfect for the little lambs in your life and sure to become a bedtime favourite although it is more likely to leave readers in fits of giggles, baa-ha-ha-ing their way from start to finish as opposed to drifting peacefully into dreamland.
Recommended for 2+.
With huge thanks to Allen & Unwin for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.