By: Kenda Henthorn
Illustrated by: Lauren Gallegos
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: May 15, 2022
Reviewed by: Katie Specht
Review Date: July 1, 2022
From author Kenda Henthorn comes an adorable bedtime story for preschoolers through kindergarten age children entitled Baa, Baa, Tap Sheep. The delightful illustrations that accompany the text were created by artist Lauren Gallegos.
The story opens as three tired, young children are settling down to bed for the night. The sheep that should help lull the little ones to sleep instead start breaking out with enthusiastic dance moves. The sheep waltz, tango, kick their legs like the Rockettes, and even rap to the beat! Only once the sheep have worn themselves out after all their dancing do they finally settle down to sleep, which in turn allows the little kiddos to drift off to sleep as well.
The premise of this story in itself is adorable and unique. Typically, bedtime stories consist of sheep lulling children to sleep, but rarely do we see bedtime stories with dancing, spirited sheep that are keeping the children awake. Being written in rhyme enhances the whimsical fun, and the rhyming pattern follows “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.” The title is a cute play on words of this well-loved nursery rhyme.
If you have bedtime struggles with little ones, this book may be just the right amount of fun your kids need before settling down for sleep. They can get their wiggles out and enjoy some dance moves, while realizing that the end goal for both the sheep and the children in the story, as well as themselves, is going to sleep.
Gallegos brings all the little sheep to life beautifully with her whimsical and fun illustrations. There is a great deal of blue tones in the illustrations as the sheep dance and boogie prior to sleep, but as it’s meant to be at nighttime, the colors work well.
Quill says: Author-illustrator team Henthorn and Gallegos have crafted a winner in Baa, Baa, Tap Sheep. Parents will love the charming, rhyming story and kids will enjoy the playful sheep illustrations.