Russell the Sheep

Russell the Sheep

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by Rob Scotton
     
 

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This is Russell.

Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock.

All the sheep are falling asleep -- except Russell.

What's a sheep to do?

Russell tries everything...until, at last, he falls asleep.

Overview

This is Russell.

Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock.

All the sheep are falling asleep -- except Russell.

What's a sheep to do?

Russell tries everything...until, at last, he falls asleep.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Visually humorous and texturally engaging, this sleepytime tale will win giggles and requests for rereadings at storytime.”
bn.com
What happens when a sheep can’t sleep? That’s the question in Rob Scotton’s adorably winsome first picture book about a woolly insomniac named Russell, who tries everything to fall asleep. Captured in Scotton’s humorous, playful illustrations, Russell finds that counting his feet and the stars doesn’t work...until he thinks of a plan that does the trick. If you’re looking for a bedtime book with sweet-natured laughs and a memorable character, this is a surefire treat.
Publishers Weekly
Humans who have trouble falling asleep have been known to count sheep. But what do insomniacs of the woolly-coated variety do? Russell, a sheep longing for shuteye, is on the case in this sweet-natured picture book. When all is quiet except for Russell, the playfully stocking-capped critter tries everything to lull himself into slumber. Making things darker doesn't help: "the really dark really scared him." And searching for a new place to get cozy is a bust, too. ("He tried the hollow of a tree./ That was too creepy!") At long last he gives counting a go: his feet, the stars in the sky-and ultimately, sheep-to fine effect. British native Scotton's children's book debut blends silly and warm into the kind of package that appeals to a broad age range. His stylized sheep-all fleecy white fluff atop matchstick-thin legs, with ping-pong-ball eyes-are simultaneously endearing and comic against a dark night-sky background. The compositions vary in perspective, and Scotton uses spot illustrations to pick up the pace, and framed full-spread paintings when Russell takes a pause. This fresh-feeling bedtime story about one animal's restless ramblings should prove an entertaining send-off-to-the-Sandman for young readers. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This wound-up sheep can not find his way to sleep. The dark scares him in a quiet meadow, his wool overheats him. Neither exercise, a pillow, nor change of location helps. Only after counting "six hundred million billion and ten stars" does the weary lambkin decide to count sheep. That does the trick. When the others rise, Russell still sleeps soundly. Simple words, soft blue hues, and comical illustrations ease pre-sleep tension. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Russell can't sleep. While the other sheep are dozing off, he ponders the problem of insomnia. Is he too hot or too cold? Perhaps a better place would help. When nothing works, he tries counting things. He starts with his feet, and then moves on to the stars ("six hundred million billion and ten")-twice. Finally, the quintessential clich comes to him, and he counts sheep. Russell nods off just as the new day dawns and the others awaken. Scotton makes a captivating debut with this comical tale. He illustrates it with a witty, engaging, and fluffy character bathed in calming blue hues. With his wide-eyed, startled expression; froggy sidekick; and animated, blue-and-white-striped nightcap, Russell will win the hearts of readers, who will want to look at the pictures over and over to catch all the clever detail.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Scotton makes a stylish debut with this tale of a sleepless sheep-depicted as a blocky, pop-eyed, very soft-looking woolly with a skinny striped nightcap of unusual length-trying everything, from stripping down to his spotted shorts to counting all six hundred million billion and ten stars, twice, in an effort to doze off. Not even counting sheep . . . well, actually, that does work, once he counts himself. Dawn finds him tucked beneath a rather-too-small quilt while the rest of his flock rises to bathe, brush and riffle through the Daily Bleat. Russell doesn't have quite the big personality of Ian Falconer's Olivia, but more sophisticated fans of the precocious piglet will find in this art the same sort of daffy urbanity. Quite a contrast to the usual run of ovine-driven snoozers, like Phyllis Root's Ten Sleepy Sheep, illustrated by Susan Gaber (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Visually humorous and texturally engaging, this sleepytime tale will win giggles and requests for rereadings at storytime.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Visually humorous and texturally engaging, this sleepytime tale will win giggles and requests for rereadings at storytime.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Visually humorous and texturally engaging, this sleepytime tale will win giggles and requests for rereadings at storytime."
New York Times Book Review
“A hilarious woolly insomniac…adorably funny…[A] runaway hit.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060598501
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Rob Scotton is the bestselling author and illustrator of Splat the Cat; Love, Splat; Merry Christmas, Splat; Scaredy-Cat, Splat!; Russell the Sheep; Russell and the Lost Treasure; and Russell’s Christmas Magic. His work can also be found on greeting cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery, and glassware. An honors graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.

Rob Scotton is the bestselling author and illustrator of Splat the Cat; Love, Splat; Merry Christmas, Splat; Scaredy-Cat, Splat!; Russell the Sheep; Russell and the Lost Treasure; and Russell’s Christmas Magic. His work can also be found on greeting cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery, and glassware. An honors graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Rob now lives in Rutland, England, with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist.

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, the love of reading has blossomed in my three year old after reading Russell the Sheep for the first time. Now, he wont go to sleep without me reading this book to him first, he even joins in, his favorite page is where Russell counts the stars one..two..three..four..five..six hundred million billion and ten...my son's NEW favorite number This is a crowd pleaser folks, I am going to buy the sequel and Russell's Christmas book too.
nook_readerRM More than 1 year ago
So much fun to read!
SarahJosefiina More than 1 year ago
We liked it. It wasn't the automated version I was expecting and on my Nook Color it's hard to really appreciate the illustrations, but it's well done.
grandmaLT More than 1 year ago
I thought the story was great and the illustrations suberb. For the money i think it should have had more or evev some. Alot of money for such a short book.
tracy bush More than 1 year ago
Cute story. My 3 year old likes this one.
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What a sweet and fun story. The entire Russell the sheep series is a delight. Even though my daughter is under 2, she enjoys the illustrations. I know she'll continue to delight in it as she gets older.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This sheep can't sleep, so he starts counting things. But it doesn't work, and it doesn't work. At last, he hits on the perfect solution! The illustrations are adorable, and the story is perfect for bedtime.
painted_devil More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a children's book about a sheep for my as yet unborn child, and this one is perfect. The illustrations are great and the story is charming. I know my daughter will love it. :)