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Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep
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Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep

by Erin Dealey, Hanako Wakiyama (Illustrator)
 

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Little Bo Peep

can't get to sleep.

She kicked her

blankets to a heap.

When Little Bo Peep can't get to sleep, her mother suggest counting sheep. But Peep can't count her sheep because she's lost them. Her brother, Little Boy Blue, who scared off the sheep in the first place, warns Peep she'll be in big trouble if she tells Mom and Dad. It's no wonder

Overview

Little Bo Peep

can't get to sleep.

She kicked her

blankets to a heap.

When Little Bo Peep can't get to sleep, her mother suggest counting sheep. But Peep can't count her sheep because she's lost them. Her brother, Little Boy Blue, who scared off the sheep in the first place, warns Peep she'll be in big trouble if she tells Mom and Dad. It's no wonder Peep can't catch a wink, even when Humpty Dumpty finds her flock. That tummy ache just won't go away until she tells her parents the truth about her missing sheep.

From the same winning team who created Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox, Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep will strike a chord with every child who's ever had trouble fessing up!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Erin Dealey and Hanako Wakiyama, whose Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox featured a sick storybook figure, imagine a shepherdess with concerned parents and a case of insomnia in Little Bo Peep Can't Get to Sleep. Bo Peep can't count sheep because hers have run off, frightened by Little Boy Blue (Peep's younger brother) blowing his horn. Wakiyama's high-contrast shadows, tilted perspectives and an eerie pale-yellow halo around Peep create a Hitchcockian sensation of late-night delirium. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Little Bo Peep has trouble sleeping, and she cannot count sheep-she's lost them! She spent the afternoon searching for them with the help of a farmer (in a dell), two kids named Jack and Jill, and Humpty Dumpty, but to no avail. Her brother, Little Boy Blue, convinces her that telling their parents would be disastrous, and so Peep hides the fact that the sheep are lost. But come bedtime, her conscience just won't leave her alone. When Humpty brings the animals home, she is able to confess. With a gentle parental reprimand, the youngster is able to rest. Written in verse, this story about truthfulness borders on didactic but Wakiyama's playful, retro-style oil paintings save the day. Their whimsical look keeps the book fresh and childlike; in vivid and saturated colors, the illustrations show Peep's unease through sharp angles and up-close perspectives. The writing style, subject, and artwork make this a good companion to this duo's Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox (S & S, 2002). A fun addition for children ready to graduate from Mother Goose.-Angela J. Reynolds, Washington County Cooperative Library Services, Hillsboro, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An over-the-moon bedtime read, featuring steady rhythms, accurate rhymes and a tuffetful of Mother Goose references. Thanks to Little Boy Blue's horn-blowing, Bo Peep's sheep have run off in fright. Where did they go? "She asked the Farmer in the Dell, / and Jack and Jill up by the well. / No one had seen her missing sheep. / A wolf might get them! worried Peep." At last, kindly Humpty Dumpty tells her to go home; he'll keep looking. But Bo Peep has another problem: what to tell Mom and Dad? As in a previous outing, Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox (2002), Wakiyama mixes modern and traditional elements into simple, spacious illustrations, thus pleasing younger viewers, who will have no trouble identifying the nursery-rhyme characters, and also older ones, who can both appreciate the humor and sympathize with Bo Peep's dilemma. In the end, Humpty rounds up the sheep and Bo Peep 'fesses up with proper remorse, before tallying her way to dreamland (guess how). Rockabye, baby. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442409354
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
06/07/2010
Edition description:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
320,528
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Erin Dealey was inspired to write this story after her daughter's particularly itchy bout with chicken pox. She is an English and drama teacher who lives in Placerville, California, with her husband and her no-longer itchy daughter. Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox is her first picture book.

Hanako Wakiyama has also suffered through the itchy torment of chicken pox. She is the illustrator of Too Big!, by Claire Masurel, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and young daughter.

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