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Can’t Sleep without Sheep

Can’t Sleep without Sheep

Written by Susanna Leonard Hill
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Bloomsbury, 2010
Picture Book, 32 pages
Ages 2–8

Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-802-72066-5

Awards & Good Things

  • Korean Translation
  • A Children’s Book of the Month Club Selection
  • Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Award Nominee

Book Description

Whenever Ava can’t sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it’s the sheep that are getting tired – until they finally quit! The sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, but it might not be as easy as they thought…

In this hilarious take on a familiar bedtime ritual, readers will be charmed by Ava and her fluffy friends.

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“…refreshing bedtime story. A gently humorous book that families will undoubtedly come to count on.”

Kirkus Reviews

“The charming, rounded illustrations are set against the backdrop of a starry night with the characters bathed in the moonlight. On many spreads, the animals take up the entire space, creating a cinematic vista. The endpapers feature a series of repeated, lovely and puffy cloudlike sheep in mid-leap. A book that is delightful for the eyes and soothing to the ears, Can’t Sleep Without Sheep will quickly become a bedtime favorite and a can’t-sleep-without book.”

School Library Journal

Can’t Sleep Without Sheep will stimulate a child’s imagination and keep him or her engaged in the story until its peaceful ending.”

SWON Libraries

“Acrylic illustrations depict a humorous menagerie of animals lining up to help.”

The Horn Book

Can’t Sleep Without Sheep puts a new twist on a familiar bedtime ritual and the result is pure fun.”

Children's Book of the Month Club

“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. The artwork was scrumptiously silly and meshed perfectly with this zany tale.”

Feathered Quill

“Kids will enjoy the silliness of her predicament and readers of all ages will be captivated by the soft, plump creatures that fill the pages with earnest good-heartedness in this gorgeously illustrated tale.”

Family Times

“This is a humorous bedtime story with a new take on a time-honored tradition.”

The Reading Tub

“Hill’s bedtime story is a clever one, made workable by Mike Wohnoutka’s sensibly humorous approach to the subjects of his bright acrylic illustrations. His sheep are full-bodied, fluffy, and eminently huggable; his buffalo are vast bulldozers fronted by tiny, squinty eyes; his trebuchet-building penguins are far too smart for their own good. In short, this is an amusing sort of bedtime read. It might even convince kids the wisdom of actually falling asleep.”

Children’s Literature