Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machine

Illustrator: David Roberts

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 5+

Adventure Stories Animal Stories Picture Books

The sheep on the hillside were munching away,
Much as they always did, day after day,
When suddenly something went ZOOM! overhead.
“Let’s go and see what it is!” they all said.

And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure as the sheep take to skies in a magnificent yellow flying machine…


Peter Bently (Author)
Peter Bently was born in Tidworth and attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied for a BA Hons in Modern Languages. He has two young children and now lives in Devon. Cats Ahoy!, his picture book with Jim Field, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011, and King Jack and the Dragon (with Helen Oxenbury) was named as an American Library Association Notable Book of the year.

David Roberts (Illustrator)
David Roberts is an award-winning illustrator who has earned great acclaim for his distinctive style. He was born in Liverpool and studied fashion design at university in Manchester. After graduating, he worked as a milliner and a fashion illustrator, but always felt his true calling was in children’s books. David finally realised his dream when his first book was published in 1998, and since then he has collaborated with some of Britain’s finest children’s authors, including Julia Donaldson, Sally Gardner, Philip Ardagh and Jacqueline Wilson. He is also the creator of the popular Dirty Bertie books. He lives in London with his husband. His book Little Red was shortlisted for the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal. In 2006 he won the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award for his line drawings in Mouse Noses on Toast.


A total pleasure

Independent on Sunday

Bently’s award-winning chaotic humour is perfectly matched by David Roberts’ eccentric and beautifully detailed illustrations

Daily Mail

Illustrator David Roberts blends caricature and an elegant style to suit both the silliness and the 1920s setting

Sunday Times

I love this author/illustrator pairing . . . Stylish and funny with a fantastic read-aloud text

Children's Previews, The Bookseller

David Roberts’ illustrations are sublime

New Statesman

Delightfully dotty

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading, Book of the Month

This book is just splendid, not to be missed!…It has gone straight into my box of favourite books for sharing with children

Books for Keeps

Laugh out loud funny rhyme which begs to be read aloud & Roberts’ illustrations are the perfect complement. A delight from promising new pairing.

Peters, Books of the Week

A book to be treasured.

Armadillo Magazine

Great illustrations, rhyme, onomatopoeia and adventure


The rhymes flow well, and the text swoops and swerves.

School Library Journal

Rollicking rhyming text. Wonderful… a joy to read aloud. Clever and catchy, this is what picture books are all about.

Parents in Touch

In every action-filled double-page spread, the text itself whirls in loop-the- loops and nosedives as the woolly passengers cry, “Yippee!… Children will enjoy this delightful global romp.


Quirkily illustrated story with extremely engaging characters

The Good Book Guide

Promises to have you in stitches of laughter and genuine disbelief that anyone could dream up such nonsensical fun!


Full of gorgeous illustrations. Great for newly developing readers and fun to share.

Primary Times

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