Despite his name, Sleepy Sheepy is NOT sleepy. He’d much rather build with blocks . . . or knit socks than go to sleep. Will Ma and Pa Sheepy ever get their sheepy to go to sleepy?
From New York Times bestselling illustrator Pete Oswald and critically acclaimed author Lucy Ruth Cummins comes a hilarious bedtime read-aloud that will be loved by all.
Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, illustrator and art director who made her critically acclaimed author-illustrator debut in 2016 with her picture book A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. She is also the illustrator of This is Not a Valentine, Truman, and The Love Letter. Lucy is a champion napper, and also the mom of two okayish sleepers. She lives with her little family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit Lucy Ruth Cummins online at lucyruthcummins.squarespace.com or follow her on Twitter @lucyruth
Pete Oswald is a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, The Cool Bean, The Couch Potato and The Smart Cookie, all authored by Jory John. Pete’s author debut, Hike, was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and received 5 starred reviews. Pete is an Annie Award-nominated animation production designer best known for 'The Angry Birds Movie' franchise, Oscar® Nominated ParaNorman, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three kids. Visit Pete at peteoswald.com or follow him on Instagram @peteoswald
Caregivers will enjoy making this a bedtime read, and librarians will turn to this often for pajama storytimes. Young readers who love rebelling against bedtime rules will delight in seeing Sheepy’s evening escapades, and astute members of this crowd will notice his happy smile when he’s finally curled up in bed. An entertaining tale sure to resonate with those on either side of the bedtime battle.
Children will begrudgingly drift to a dream land created by Cummins and Oswald. The title character, though appearing increasingly tired as the story goes on, is dead set against bedtime. . . Rhyming and child-friendly vocabulary fill the tale with sleepy hour vibes. Oswald’s transitions between bright and muted color palettes create a definite difference between the need to go to bed and Sheepy’s denials. VERDICT This could easily end up a story hour favorite and an often checked-out new bedtime classic for not-so-tired kids and their very tired parents; this will especially work a spell on preschoolers.
School Library Journal
His eyelids are already below half-mast, and his weary parents—each of whom totes a wide-eyed infant lamb in a front-facing carrier—insist that it’s bedtime. But Sleepy Sheepy, rendered by Oswald (the Food Group series) in fluffy, cloud-like textures, insists he’s anything but sleepy . . . But readers will discern that Sleepy Sheepy’s actions are more kicky than joyful; eventually, he lets out a big yawn, and soon, Cummins (Rock That Vote) writes, “His eyelids drooped. His shoulders stooped. His brain was pooped.” . . . even the most bedtime-resistant readers will respect his exhausted capitulation.