Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep
Written by Julia Dweck
Illustrated by the late Wilson Williams, Jr.
Published by Xist Publishing, 9/5/13
4.5 STARS Mary had a little lamb, yes, and he followed her wherever she did go, but then he quickly fell right asleep. No fun was this tired sheep, so Mary turned creative to keep her woolly friend awake. With determination only a child possesses in droves the little girl never quit until Sheppard Sheep was finally bright eyed and possibly more than she bargained for.
I read this book with my four year old son (a bunch of times). His eyes stayed glued to my computer screen. Each attempt Mary made to wake her friend was a mini-adventure. The rhyming is great fun and the illustrations brought the tale of Mary and Sheppard Sheep to life. There are even side characters like the cat, mouse, and cranky mom. At the end of the book you discover there's a mouse hidden on each page. We had so much fun looking for it. There's also a "find the differences" activity page, which had my son insisting we "do that difference thing again!" And author Julia Dweck went one step further with a favorite sites resource guide for parents and teachers.
Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep will be available for download 9/5/13. The story is a true delight. You can catch up with Julia Dweck on her Facebook page. As a side note, I recently read and reviewed another one of her wonderful children's books, Blucy. Here's my review.
(Sent to me by author for an honest review)