No Sleep for the Sheep!

Overview

One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night's sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat? A pig? A cow? A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

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Overview

One tired sheep wants nothing more than a good night's sleep. All is peaceful until—QUACK! Is that a duck at the barn door? And now a goat? A pig? A cow? A horse? Each new unexpected guest is bigger and louder than the last! How will the sheep ever get this barnyard crowd to quiet down before—COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

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Editorial Reviews

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"A terrific read-aloud that will have listeners quacking, mooing, and neighing with Sheep’s friends each time they wake him up…This is sure to be a storytime favorite alongside Audrey Woods’s The Napping House."—School Library Journal, starred review "Beaumont's playful, repetitive text, with its loud animal sounds, will have children chanting along to the beat."—Kirkus Reviews

"Together, Urbanovics comical watercolor illustrations and Beaumonts repetitive rhyming text manage to be both lively and soothingthe perfect combination to help energetic little ones blow off steam and settle down at bedtime."—The Horn Book

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This humorous tale begs to be read aloud, full of rhythmic repetitions and animal noises. The story begins with a sheep asleep "...in the big red barn, in the big red barn on the farm." First he is awakened by the quack of a duck. Then it is the baaa of a goat, the oink of a pig, the moo of a cow, and the neigh of a horse. Each time, the sheep asks the new arrival to go to sleep, quietly; and each time another creature is then added to the jumbled heap in the barn, including the sheep's teddy bear. When the horse settles in, it is the "Cock-a-doodle-doo" of the rooster that wakes them all; all but the sheep, who sleeps right through, finally at peace. Urbanovic deals with the challenge of creating variation for the repetitive text with animation and some hand lettering along with her illustrations in watercolors and brown pencil outline. Each animal "talks" in upper-case letters in a different color: blue for "MOO," purple for "OINK," etc. And each time the group assumes different positions in their efforts to sleep while the sheep goes through histrionics. The anthropomorphic actions of the creatures with real personalities add to the fun of this comedy. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this entertaining bedtime story, Sheep tucks into the "big red barn on the farm" for a peaceful night's rest, but it is continually interrupted by a parade of animals making noises. "Then there came a loud QUACK/at the door, at the door,/and the sheep couldn't sleep any more./'Go to sleep!' said the sheep/to the duck at the door./'And please don't QUACK any more!'" Sheep invites Duck into his barn and they both fall fast asleep. This playful scenario repeats word for word, except for the new animal and its sound as Sheep is joined in a cozy, dozing pile by Goat, Pig, Cow, and Horse, until Rooster wakes the farm up for a new day. Beaumont's lyrical text bounces along a predictable path, making for a terrific read-aloud that will have listeners quacking, mooing, and neighing with Sheep's friends each time they wake him up. But it's Urbanovic's vibrant, humorous watercolors that move this story forward right from the copyright page as Sheep gets ready for bed to his growing frustration as fatigue makes him frantic. The animal sounds are inserted into the text in colorful, thick letters that grow larger with each loud utterance until Rooster's "COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO" screams and stretches off a spread, making it surprising that Sheep gets any sleep at all. This is sure to be a storytime favorite alongside Audrey Woods's The Napping House (Harcourt, 1984).—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
Poor sheep just wants to sleep. Yawning big yawns, his bedtime ritual begins on the copyright page as he brushes his teeth, grabs his teddy and heads out to the big red barn. But just as he closes his eyes, "There came a loud QUACK / at the door, at the door, / and the sheep couldn't sleep any more." Duck is making a racket! Sheep ushers duck inside and admonishes him with a stern, "Shhh! Not a peep! Go to sleep!" and the two snuggle in for the night. But then... "There came a loud OINK / at the door, at the door, and the / sheep couldn't sleep any more." One after another, a parade of farm animals interrupts sheep's slumber. As each animal boisterously crashes through the barn door, the bedraggled sheep, with wool askew and hoof to head, becomes more and more miserable. Beaumont's playful, repetitive text, with its loud animal sounds, will have children chanting along to the beat. In more intimate sharings, readers with a careful eye can spot the shadow of the next animal, along with a certain tiny, feathered friend who just may make the loudest sound of all.(Picture book. 3-6)
Kirkus Reviews
Poor sheep just wants to sleep. Yawning big yawns, his bedtime ritual begins on the copyright page as he brushes his teeth, grabs his teddy and heads out to the big red barn. But just as he closes his eyes, "There came a loud QUACK / at the door, at the door, / and the sheep couldn't sleep any more." Duck is making a racket! Sheep ushers duck inside and admonishes him with a stern, "Shhh! Not a peep! Go to sleep!" and the two snuggle in for the night. But then... "There came a loud OINK / at the door, at the door, and the / sheep couldn't sleep any more." One after another, a parade of farm animals interrupts sheep's slumber. As each animal boisterously crashes through the barn door, the bedraggled sheep, with wool askew and hoof to head, becomes more and more miserable. Beaumont's playful, repetitive text, with its loud animal sounds, will have children chanting along to the beat. In more intimate sharings, readers with a careful eye can spot the shadow of the next animal, along with a certain tiny, feathered friend who just may make the loudest sound of all.(Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152049690
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 381,704
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN BEAUMONT 's picture books include Being Friends, illustrated by Joy Allen, and Louella Mae, She's Run Away!, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. She lives in San Martin, California.

JACKIE URBANOVIC is the creator of many popular picture books. She is perhaps best known for her New York Times bestseller Duck at the Door and its companions, Duck Soup, Duck and Cover, and Sitting Duck . She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. www.jackieurbanovic.com

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