Sheep Blast Off!

Sheep Blast Off!

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by Nancy E. Shaw, Margot Apple
     
 

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When a mysterious spacecraft lands in a nearby pasture, the lovable, blundering sheep get in gear for the ride of their lives! Unfortunately, these sheep don’t know the first thing about piloting a spaceship . . . but there may be someone else on board who does! Readers will have a blast with Nancy Shaw’s clever rhymes and Margot Apple’s hilarious

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When a mysterious spacecraft lands in a nearby pasture, the lovable, blundering sheep get in gear for the ride of their lives! Unfortunately, these sheep don’t know the first thing about piloting a spaceship . . . but there may be someone else on board who does! Readers will have a blast with Nancy Shaw’s clever rhymes and Margot Apple’s hilarious illustrations in this latest Sheep adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carly Reagan
Five run-of-the-mill farm sheep try their hands (or should I say hooves?) at space travel in this simple, silly, rhyming story. When a spaceship lands by their farm, the sheep decide to investigate, launching the spacecraft up and away toward outer space. Unfortunately, farm sheep know very little about flying a spaceship. Luckily, there is an alien sheep aboard that can help them land the ship back on Earth and find their homes. The short and simple rhymes that make up the text are cute and entertaining, but the illustrations really emphasize the importance of the "picture" side of picture books, and the pictures are what really tell the story. This could easily be a wordless book without losing any of the charm, though the rhyming words create a rhythm and tempo for the story that young children are sure to love. Try reading this book to children without the words first and find out what they think is happening before reading it traditionally in order to jumpstart their observation, reasoning, and inference skills. Reviewer: Carly Reagan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- A mysterious extraterrestrial vehicle lands in the pasture, and the sheep are off on their seventh adventure. "Sheep snoop. Sheep explore./Sheep climb through the spaceship door." One green alien, who bears a marked resemblance to the sheep, has remained onboard and watches as they suit up and blast off. With Earth in the distance, two sheep float outside and check for damage. Later, when they tinker with the main controls, "Sheep panic. Sheep guess./Which button should they press?" Thankfully, the alien stuns them and brings the ship safely back to Earth. Other aliens, aware of the situation, help carry them off the spaceship and leave them sleeping peacefully under pink blankets. The sheep awaken as the spaceship blasts off once more. Apple's softly shaded, colored-pencil drawings capture the expressive faces of the five sheep, and Shaw's crisp rhyming text chronicles their misadventures with economy and good humor. Beginning readers can sound out the short, simple sentences as they look for the hidden alien and wonder when he will intervene. Sheep in a Jeep (Houghton, 1986) won the hearts of children more than 20 years ago, and this adventure will win new fans for the series.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Sheep have shopped, hiked, trick-or-treated; now readers find sheep in space! A rocket lands in the middle of the meadow and in no time, "Sheep snoop. Sheep explore. / Sheep climb through the spaceship door." Shaw's familiar, bouncy rhymes are well-matched to the loopy plot, with weightless sheep rolling around inside the ship, and alien sheep (green with antennae that contain extra eyes) coming aboard to help them out of an interplanetary mess. Back home safely in the meadow, the sheep snooze after their adventure on pink bedding under a big tree while the "rocket sheep" blast off. A key feature of Apple's bright colored-pencil illustrations is the hilarious expressiveness of the ovine faces. The team's long-running series continues to entertain, with text happily accessible to even the youngest readers. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547348650
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/02/2008
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
392,269
File size:
40 MB
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Meet the Author

Margot Apple is a freelance illustrator, having illustrated more than fifty books for children while also producing illustrations for "Cricket" and "Ladybug" magazines. She now lives in Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and their pets, a dog and a cat.

Nancy Shaw is the author of seven beloved tales featuring the endearing and comical sheep. She came up with the idea for the sheep books during a very long car trip with her husband and two children. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family. For more information, visit nancyshawbooks.com/.

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Sheep Blast Off! 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
alliecatTX More than 1 year ago
I bought this because my kids love "Sheep in a Jeep." This one isn't formatted to work well on the NookColor. The pictures and the text don't always match up,making the reading experience disjointed and frustrating. I let my kids read on my Nook, and this book would not be enjoyable for them. It may be fine as a paper book, but I wouldn't recommend it for an ereader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, and the others in the series, are perfect for kindergarten kids who are reading -- also fun to read to younger children who don't yet read. They are clever, cheerful, and funny. My grandson loves them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love the books by Nancy Shaw so I was eager to download this onto my Nook Color for them to enjoy becasue we could never find it in print. But it isn't formatted right and it makes reading it difficult. Hope the problem can be fixed because I would love to have this book in their Nook collection to read over and over again!