Sheep Trick or Treat

Sheep Trick or Treat

by Margot Apple, Nancy E. Shaw
     
 

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What will happen when the sheep go trick-or-treating? Could there be wolves lurking in the woods, hoping to waylay them as they return home with their bags full of goodies? In crisp verse and whimsically eerie pictures, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple tell the lively story of a remarkable Halloween adventure. Simple sentences, rhyming text, and a humorous tone make

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What will happen when the sheep go trick-or-treating? Could there be wolves lurking in the woods, hoping to waylay them as they return home with their bags full of goodies? In crisp verse and whimsically eerie pictures, Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple tell the lively story of a remarkable Halloween adventure. Simple sentences, rhyming text, and a humorous tone make this the perfect treat for beginning readers. Fans of this adventuresome flock of sheep will not want to miss this Halloween treat.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"They’re at it again. The rambunctious sheep, who have so delighted kids with their antics, are back, this time decked out for Halloween highjinks. . . . A Halloween treat to enjoy over and over again." —Booklist Booklist, ALA
Publishers Weekly
Forget the candy! This year kids can feed on some fun food for thought. Fans of Sheep in a Jeep will welcome the board book edition of Sheep Trick or Treat by Nancy Shaw, illus. by Margot Apple. The woolly heroes emulate youngest enthusiasts, "As the Halloween moon rises,/ Sheep are fixing up disguises." Kids will chortle to see the lambs in ape's clothing and Dracula-like bat wings, and giggle at the "treats" they gather ("Cows offer hay and clover"). Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
If you are familiar with Sheep in a Jeep or any of the other titles about Shaw's creatures, you know that you are in for a few laughs. These sheep just seem to be drawn to trouble. It is Halloween and that offers some great opportunities for even more craziness. "Spiders give a dried-up fly. / Sheep decide to pass it by./ Sheep stop by the chicken coop. / Chickens give them fresh eggs. Oops!" These six sheep all dressed up in Halloween costumes have a chance to turn the tables on a pack of wolves (some of whom are in sheep's clothing, but that joke might just fly over the heads of the really young audience). However, the party back in their comfy shed is one that all can enjoy. 2005 (orig. 1997), Houghton, Ages 2 to 5.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2These sheep have been in a jeep, on a ship, in a shop, on a hike, and out to eatmaybe it's time they took a rest. Sheep Trick or Treat is just not up to par with the earlier titles. Shaw's familiar rhythm and rhyme are still in evidence as the six prepare costumes and head out trick or treating. They collect goodies from the farm animals ("Spiders give a dried-up fly. Sheep decide to pass it by"). And as one might expect, they are followed by wolves dressed in sheepskins. Apple's illustrations here are somewhat dark and shadowy. The sheep dressed as a vampire on the front cover may actually frighten some children. There is nothing terribly wrong with this book, but it just isn't very interesting. Unless you are badly in need of Halloween books, or have some die-hard fans who must see it, this is not a necessary addition to picture-book collections. These sheep have gone on better romps before.Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618070350
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
146,722
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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 http://www.nancyshawbooks.com/.

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