Sneaky Sheep

Sneaky Sheep

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by Chris Monroe
     
 

Blossom and Rocky are sheep—very sneaky sheep. And they are not very good decision makers. Poor Murphy, the sheep dog, has rescued them from many adventures, like cliff diving and sunbathing on the railroad tracks. And then there was the unfortunate incident with the knitters....But Rocky and Blossom are always looking for greener grass, and there's no telling

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Overview

Blossom and Rocky are sheep—very sneaky sheep. And they are not very good decision makers. Poor Murphy, the sheep dog, has rescued them from many adventures, like cliff diving and sunbathing on the railroad tracks. And then there was the unfortunate incident with the knitters....But Rocky and Blossom are always looking for greener grass, and there's no telling what they'll try next.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite the dangers they encounter, the two not-very-bright sheep in this hilarious story continue to make “some bad decisions” and are always saved by loyal sheep dog Murphy. Monroe’s (Monkey with a Tool Belt) illustrations expand the story with quirky, comical details about the sheep’s rebellious activities. “They had been known to make some bad decisions over the years,” reads the deadpan text as Rocky and Blossom are seen sunning themselves on railroad tracks, running with bulls, and playing poker with dogs in an homage to Coolidge’s series of paintings. Eager to check out a distant mountain meadow, they repeatedly sneak off--sometimes bursting through the borders of Monroe’s panels--but are always retrieved by Murphy. Rocky and Blossom’s wide googly eyes exude mischievousness, especially compared to the wedged snout of the vicious wolf who chases them to a cliff’s edge in the story’s climax. Both the text and artwork celebrate disobedience, and those looking for a cautionary tale should look elsewhere: the ending hints that some habits (especially bad ones) die hard. Luckily, the same isn’t true of Rocky and Blossom. Ages 4�8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Rocky and Blossom are serious troublemakers. These sheep have been known to skateboard without helmets, sunbathe on train tracks, and even run with scissors. Murphy the sheepdog doesn't trust them a bit, and, when he hears of their interest in the forbidden high meadow, he begins to watch them like, well, a sheepdog. Then one day while he is distracted, they make a successful break. They hide themselves in the company of a hungry wolf and are suddenly in mortal danger. Trusty Murphy shows up to save them, of course, and all is well for the fluffy, fast-moving, not-so-forward-thinking pair. Monroe's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are entertaining; kids will enjoy following Rocky and Blossom's antics both in and out of panels. And who knew that sheep eyes, simply circles and dots, could say so much? Even though they can't be trusted to stay where they belong, be sure to make a place on the library shelves for these rebels.—Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
Kirkus Reviews
Rocky and Blossom are sheep who have a reputation for disobedience and mischief. They most certainly do not want to follow the flock; they want to explore a world wider than the low meadow. In the past they have run with the bulls, played with fire and been involved in a variety of other "bad decisions." Murphy, the sheepdog, knows all about them. In this inaugural adventure, they get into a particularly dangerous situation involving a wolf and a cliff, but wise and steadfast Murphy saves the day. Monroe's comic-book background is evident. Sharp, bright, cartoon-like illustrations in a variety of sizes and shapes are interspersed with short declarative sentences. These are rendered in dark, large type in a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters and placed above, below and in the middle of the illustrations without ever cluttering the page. The text is further augmented with bubbled dialogue and labels. The silly antics will tickle young readers, who will want to visit with these daring sheep again and again. Fun for all. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761356158
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Carolrhoda Picture Bks.
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
569,094
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Monroe's humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and bloggers alike. Chris is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the long-running comic strip Violet Days. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Chris Monroe's humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and bloggers alike. Chris is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the long-running comic strip Violet Days. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Sneaky Sheep 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
An adorable way to remind us and our children to be what and where God wants us to be. We need to stop searching for more and start being content because the 'more' forever gets us in trouble.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Rocky and Blossom, two very naughty, sneaky sheep, were nibbling on clover in a meadow beneath the mountains. They lived with "147 other sheep and a sheep dog named Murphy." Well, Murphy took very good care of all his sheep and he was onto the antics of Rocky and Blossom. They were always trying to get out of the meadow because the grass was always greener on the other side of the fence. They were a couple of born explorers and this time they had their eye on The High Meadow just below the snowy peak on one of the mountains. Well, they may have had their eye on that meadow, but Murphy had his eye on those two. They begged him to let them go. No way. Every time Murphy took his eye off them they ended up in big trouble. There was the time they were pulled up in the air by balloons, were caught sunning themselves on the railroad tracks...oh, and what about the time they were caught playing poker with those dogs? No, they could not go because mountains could be very, very dangerous with things like rocky cliffs, avalanches, raging rivers, and old ladies who needed wool for their knitting. No, no, no, NO! The word "no" was not something Rocky and Blossom wanted to hear. They bided their time until Murphy wasn't looking. They ran this way and that and that way and this and were going to hide behind a rock. Guess who was there? Murphy. Were Rocky and Blossom ever going to be able to visit The High Meadow or was that darned old Murphy going to catch them every time? This adorably daffy duo, Rocky and Blossom, will delight the reader as they try once again to outwit Murphy, the sheepdog. Of course for those who know of sneaky sheep like these, their tricky, troublesome antics will be of no surprise, but for those who haven't, there will be a lot of chuckling as these pages are turned. Every youngster tries to get away with a few things when no one is looking, but Rocky and Blossom will make them look good. Very, very, good. This book is a cross between a picture book and a beginning early graphic novel with some panels and balloon dialogue. If you're up for a lot of giggles when you check up on a couple of two sneaky sheep this is one book you won't want to hide behind a rock! Quill says: If you have a youngster who always thinks the grass is greener on the other side, they might think otherwise when they see just how much trouble two little innocent, sneaky sheep can get into! BAAAAH!