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Sheep Out to Eat

Sheep Out to Eat

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by Nancy E. Shaw

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The sheep are back, and this time they're hungry, venturing into a tea shop for even more rollicking fun and, of course, disasters.


The sheep are back, and this time they're hungry, venturing into a tea shop for even more rollicking fun and, of course, disasters.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shaw and Apple offer more sheep shenanigans featuring the fractious flock that wreaked hilarious havoc in Sheep in a Jeep , Sheep on a Ship and Sheep in a Shop . Shaw's tongue-twisting rhymes, which here chronicle five sheep's attempt to eat at a tearoom, are as simply clever as ever. From the start, it's clear that this crew is out of its element. After feline waiters bring them menus, the sheep ``point to words that they can't read.'' When ``Waiters bring them spinach custard,'' the sheep ``add sugar, salt, and mustard.'' Things go downhill quickly--and riotously--after the diners put pepper on their cake and begin sneezing wildly, upsetting tables and sending cups and dishes crashing to the floor. Asked to leave the premises, ``Sheep pout. Sheep walk out. Suddenly they look about.'' The faces on Apple's wonderfully expressive creatures suddenly light up, for what they see is a lush lawn, which seems a perfect lunchtime munch. On the last page, the fleecy fivesome gambol down the road, in search (readers will hope) of more mirthful mischief. Ages 2-5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Shaw's sheep learn the pleasures of wreaking culinary disaster in their usual rhythmic, melodic misadventures. The book is as great to entertain a child while awaiting food in a restaurant as it is to provide a cautionary message with a sense of ridiculous.
Children's Literature - Jessy Deutsch
From the first page it is clear that sheep aren't meant to go out to eat, but the language play and pastel pictures make it fun to go along anyway. It's fun to hear the scooping of soup, the combination of custard and mustard, and the smashing and crashing of teacups! Young children will fall in love with the fluffy protagonists, delight in their mishaps, and be pleased when they discover what they're really supposed to eat-the lip-smacking lawn.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Shaw's sheep are back, to wreak havoc in a very dignified tearoom--until they discover that the best place for them is truly out to eat. . . on the lawn. The very simple sentences, the rhymed text (a natural invitation to sound out the words), and the humorous tone are perfect for beginning readers. The book will also delight preschoolers. Shaw has really keyed in on particular plot elements young children will like, especially the sheeps' absolute powerlessness over making a mess: ``Table tips. Teacups smash. Tea drips. Dishes crash.'' The simplicity, the slapstick, and the cheerfulness in the face of disaster will all appeal to them. The illustrations, softly colored and expressive, show the five sheep doing their best to adjust to a world in which they don't belong. All but the smallest collections will probably want more than one copy of this attractive and amusing book. --Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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160L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
Up to 4 Years

Meet the Author

Margot Apple was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a musician father and a mother who was an illustrator. She now lives in Shelburn Falls, Massachusetts, with her husband and their pets, a dog and a cat. Ms. Apple earned her degree in art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She is now a full-time freelance illustrator, collaborating with other authors, illustrating her own picture books, and producing illustrations for Cricket and Ladybug magazines. She has illustrated more than fifty books for children and is best known for her collaboration with Nancy Shaw. Ms. Apple enjoys sewing, knitting, and working in her vegetable garden when not illustrating. She also enjoys going to flea markets and tag sales where she collects junk -- "otherwise known as antiques and collectibles."

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Sheep Out to Eat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LucyLP More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my grand daughter for Christmas, but when it arrived, I had to read it....I laughed out loud several times. Then, when my daughter came over, I couldn't wait to show her. As she read it out loud to her 8 month old, she couldn't stop laughing--we were both in tears and the baby was laughing at us! Can't wait till Christmas.
auntier More than 1 year ago
Author has a wonderful way with words-love all her "Sheep" books.Great for 2 years and up.Highly recommend for parents. auntier
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old daughter has checked this book out twice already, she loves the silly story and illustrations. The words are just challenging enough for a child beginning to read independently. Younger children will enjoy the rhymes and humor as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of nothing so much as taking my family out to eat. It's a disaster! Only when it's the sheep, I can laugh! My daughter likes to sit in my lap as I read it, and we sneeze when the sheep sneeze, and 'jump and bump our knees.' I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the sheep books.