Can't Sleep Without Sheepby Susanna Leonard Hill, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tireduntil finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for
Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tireduntil finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all.
With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
- Walker & Company
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- 9.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
SUSANNA LEONARD HILL is the author of Punxsutawney Phyllis and No Sword Fighting in the House (Junior Library Guild selection). She worked for many years teaching dyslexic students and now spends her time writing and presenting at schools. She lives in New York.
MIKE WOHNOUTKA is the illustrator of Jack's House, Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets, and The Wizzy Foot. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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My 4 and 6 year old LOVE it. Endearing story perfectly complemented by creative and wonderful illustrations. So many animals that each read brings out something new.
We purchased this book a few days ago and have been reading it to our 1 1/2 year old daughter every night. She picks it out of the stack first thing. It is a fun story and the illustrations are fabulous!
Susanna Hill has done it again -- writing a delightful story that definitely will appeal to all toddlers as a bedtime or anytime story. The bevy of barnyard and wild animals who come to Ava's aid are hilarious as they tumble and bumble their way through her sleepless night. As the title suggests, the sheep prevail in the end. Mike Wohnoutka's charming illustrations add a lot to this must-read book.
Ava tossed and turned in her bed, but try as she might she couldn't get to sleep. She held her dog stuffie over her head, leaned over the side of her bed to play with her soccer ball, and stretched her legs up against the headboard of her bed. No sleep. Her mother came in and suggested she count sheep. "One sheep jumping over the fence . . . two sheep jumping over the fence . . . three sheep jumping over the fence . . . " No sleep. Ava's head was filled with so many things she just couldn't get to sleep, even with those fluffy sheep sailing right over that picket fence. Sheep being sheep, they finally got tired of jumping over the fence for a little girl who couldn't go to sleep. Absolutely no more jumping because they were exhausted. Ava pleaded with them to continue so she could get some sleep, but the sheep promised they'd "find a replacement." A horse leaped over the fence and he was so much fun Ava just smiled with delight. No sleep. The daffy dumb cluck chickens just made her laugh. No sleep. The fluffy sheep just wiped his brow. This was going to be a tough one. The pigs were too slow and the cows "were a complete disaster." No fence. No sleep. A giraffe, an elephant, a crocodile, a moose, some flamingos, a waddle of penguins and other animals began to line up in front of the fence. Would any of these critters be able to get Ava to sleep? This heavenly, hilarious little tale of the sheep and a herd of other animals that couldn't get Ava to sleep will delight your little one. Try as they might those poor, exhausted sheep couldn't get Ava to fall asleep. Unless you have a rare child, I'm sure you've experienced the exhaustion the sheep felt when they tried everything to get her to fall asleep. I smiled and laughed as each animal tried to work their magic on Ava, especially the googly eyed chickens who didn't quite understand how to go over the fence. The artwork was scrumptiously silly and meshed perfectly with this zany tale. Quill says: If you are having some sleepless nights or simply want a fun bedtime tale, this is one you certainly should consider!
A great match of writer and illustrator! Great fun for reader and listener alike, a rare combination that makes the heart sing. Thank you for a great gift to children and everyone who loves them.