Sheep Blast Off!

Overview

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.
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Overview

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.
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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)
From the Publisher

"Sheep in a Jeep…won… hearts of children more than 20 years ago… this adventure will win new fans." SLJ 4/2008

School Library Journal

"The colored-pencil illustrations are as fun and kid-friendly as usual; fans will welcome seeing familiar friends in an unfamiliar setting." August 2008 Booklist, ALA

"Shaw's familiar, bouncy rhymes are well-matched to the loopy plot . . . A key feature of Apple's bright colored-pencil illustrations is the hilarious expressions of the ovine faces. The team's long-running series contiues to entertain, with text happily accessible to even the youngest readers." May 1, 2008 Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618131686
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/2/2008
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,343,994
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

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. For more information, visit http://www.nancyshawbooks.com.

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