By: Susanna Leonard Hill
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2010
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: September 24, 2010
Ava tossed and turned in her bed, but try as she might she couldn’t get to sleep. She held her dog stuffie over her head, leaned over the side of her bed to play with her soccer ball, and stretched her legs up against the headboard of her bed. No sleep. Her mother came in and suggested she count sheep. “One sheep jumping over the fence . . . two sheep jumping over the fence . . . three sheep jumping over the fence . . . ” No sleep. Ava’s head was filled with so many things she just couldn’t get to sleep, even with those fluffy sheep sailing right over that picket fence. Sheep being sheep, they finally got tired of jumping over the fence for a little girl who couldn’t go to sleep.
Absolutely no more jumping because they were exhausted. Ava pleaded with them to continue so she could get some sleep, but the sheep promised they’d “find a replacement.” A horse leaped over the fence and he was so much fun Ava just smiled with delight. No sleep. The daffy dumb cluck chickens just made her laugh. No sleep. The fluffy sheep just wiped his brow. This was going to be a tough one. The pigs were too slow and the cows “were a complete disaster.” No fence. No sleep. A giraffe, an elephant, a crocodile, a moose, some flamingos, a waddle of penguins and other animals began to line up in front of the fence. Would any of these critters be able to get Ava to sleep?
This heavenly, hilarious little tale of the sheep and a herd of other animals that couldn’t get Ava to sleep will delight your little one. Try as they might those poor, exhausted sheep couldn’t get Ava to fall asleep. Unless you have a rare child, I’m sure you’ve experienced the exhaustion the sheep felt when they tried everything to get her to fall asleep. I smiled and laughed as each animal tried to work their magic on Ava, especially the googly eyed chickens who didn’t quite understand how to go over the fence. The artwork was scrumptiously silly and meshed perfectly with this zany tale.
Quill says: If you are having some sleepless nights or simply want a fun bedtime tale, this is one you certainly should consider!