The Sheep Won't Sleep

Longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Picture Book Category

Told in rhyme, the verses of this story bounce along at a lively pace, accompanied by comic illustrations, making it a fun, laugh-out-loud read to share again and again!

The quality of the language used makes this a pleasure to read aloud and share. Alliteration and onomatopoeia add to the humour of the sheep's antics, offering much to discuss and explore in each verse. Perfect for use with little ones, this story could also be used as a model for writing with older children- perhaps creating other unlikely scenarios. How about the poodles who love doodles? Or the snakes who bake cakes? 

As the naughty sheep won't sleep, the reader is encouraged to count them in groups of ten, providing a great way of reinforcing counting and number arrays through story. 

Splishing, splashing, naughty, nifty,

Shifty sheep now number fifty!

Ten more bleating, being tricksy,

Woolly jumpers just hit sixty!

The illustrations are not just for counting! There is much to look at and laugh about in the antics of the sleepless sheep that children will keep coming back time and again. 

Fun for looking at rhyme, language patterns, number arrays, counting and great illustrations, this is a story destined to become a firm favourite for bedtimes as well as for class story times!


The Sheep Won't Sleep by Curtis Jobling, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin

Egmont      ISBN: 978-1405267113