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Children's LiteratureFarley the sheep is happy in his meadow in the sunshine, but finds it frightening at night. When he spots Edna's cozy dog house, he simply moves in and falls contentedly to sleep. Poor Edna, no longer happy or content, cannot sleep at all. So the next day she tries to hide her house, but while she is having dinner, "Farley found it!" The day after, she tries another hiding place, but again, Farley enjoys sweet dreams while Edna fumes. No matter where she hides the dog house, Farley finds it and each time has appropriately different dreams. Edna finally figures out a solution. The dog house becomes the sheep house, while Edna builds her own. All seems well until some more sheep start eyeing her house, perhaps suggesting more trouble ahead. The real fun of the tale lies in the expressions and gestures of the two main characters, the dog and the sheep. Edna in particular carries on in almost operatic fashion, while her invader demonstrates a variety of sheep-y sleepy satisfaction. The settings are simple farmyard areas and include other appropriate animals. There is a lush, saturated quality to the digitally produced images which adds to the overall humor. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz