Amos is counting himself to sleep. It’s a good plan, until the cranky sheep land in his bedroom — and start in with their many demands.
It’s bedtime for Amos, who smiles as he closes his eyes and counts some fluffy sheep trotting away in the grass. Until suddenly . . . THUD. And then another. “Not again!” says the first sheep, now on Amos’s floor. “I was having my wool clipped,” grumbles the second. None too happy at being interrupted, the woolly pair fire a battery of questions at Amos, most importantly: "Where’s the fence?" So Amos sets out to build one to their specifications, then is asked to test it out, of course. . . . In this laugh-out-loud read-aloud, a couple of crafty sheep put a child through his paces — and show that a tuckered-out kid at bedtime is a win-win all around.
About the Author
Meg McKinlay is the author of Duck for a Day and No Bears, both illustrated by Leila Rudge, as well as the middle-grade novels Below and A Single Stone. She lives in Australia.
Leila Rudge is the author-illustrator of Gary and A Perfect Place for Ted and the illustrator of Duck for a Day by Meg McKinlay. She lives in Australia.
As Amos sets to work designing and constructing a wall made from toys, the sheep make themselves at home (“Do you happen to have a hot tub?” in Rudge’s pale, chalky mixed-media art, which tempers the silly circumstances. Readers may think differently about counting sheep after reading.
Mixed-media cartoon art in soft colors deftly articulates the shift from the meadow of Amos’s imagination to the reality of his bedroom, while exaggerated details and page layouts work with the text to give the sheep large, entertaining personalities.
—The Horn Book
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