Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep

by Priscilla Lamont
     
 

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep And doesn't know where to find them…

But is that really what happened? Find out what Bo Peep and the sheep really got up to that day - a hide-and-seek game with a twist - in this charming and funny subversion of a well-known nursery rhyme.
A witty rhyming text is accompanied by delightful watercolour pictures, making this

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Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep And doesn't know where to find them…

But is that really what happened? Find out what Bo Peep and the sheep really got up to that day - a hide-and-seek game with a twist - in this charming and funny subversion of a well-known nursery rhyme.
A witty rhyming text is accompanied by delightful watercolour pictures, making this a perfect read-aloud or read-alone picture book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"‘I’m bored!’ cried Little Bo Peep that day.
‘Play hide-and-seek with me.’
We should have known it would end in tears —
sheep don’t do games you see."

— from the book

Kirkus Reviews
Illustrator Lamont's Nursery Rhyme Crimes series gets off to an uneven start. The device of retelling classic tales from another viewpoint is no longer new, but it remains popular. Here, the bored shepherding tyke struggles to teach her flock how to play hide and seek, only to later lose them because they have hidden themselves so well. Though the adults who have to search for them aren't impressed at the trick, the sheep feel she was unjustly blamed. In the simultaneously publishing companion, Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, the pig tells the truth behind the lesser-known rhyme about a boy, a stolen pig and a beating. It seems the boy and the pig were fast friends, bonding over the boy's piping and the pig's "pongs." But when the pig hears the word "bacon," the boy steals him away to live in the forest. While there is nothing inherently wrong with Lamont's stories, they don't have much pizzazz either. Moreover, their appeal Stateside may be limited. A few British spellings (practised, pedalled, cos) and several rhymes that don't work with American accents will trip readers up. "When we came out from where we were hid, / how surprised they all were, to be sure. / But it seems that Bo Peep was sent home in disgrace-- / you would think that she'd broken the law!" And although Lamont's pen-and-watercolor illustrations amuse, they do not compensate for the books' liabilities. Fails to live up to the high standards already in place for alternative-POV classics. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847801548
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Series:
Nursery Rhyme Crimes Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
and doesn’t know where to find them.
Leave them alone and they’ll come home,
bringing their tails behind them.

It sounds so simple in the thyme,
But it wasn’t so easy at the time.

‘I’m bored!’ cried Little Bo Peep that day.
‘Play hide-and-seek with me.’
We should have known it would end in tears –
sheep don’t do games you see.

She told us to hide while she counted to ten.
She said, ‘It’ll all be such fun.’

We tried our very best to hide
but she found us before we’d begun.

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