Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review - Sheep in a Shop

Sheep in a Shop

by Nancy Shaw
illustrated by Margot Apple
Date: 1991
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

The "lovable muttonheads" are off to the store in search of the perfect birthday gift in this latest in the sheep series of rhymed read-alouds.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This quick rhyming story about five sheep who go to a shop to buy a birthday present is not without its charm. I didn't realize it was almost 30 years old when I picked it up. But the story works just fine for modern audiences. It shows problem-solving skills and demonstrates kindness.

Five sheep realize that there's a birthday coming up, so they head to the local store to buy a present. They end up playing with lots of different things before finally deciding on a purchase. But when it comes time to pay, they don't have quite enough money. Will the sheep be able to figure out a way to buy the perfect gift?

The rhymes are solid, if a little inconsistent (there's no set meter throughout the book, for example). The illustrations are cute, with anthropomorphized animals populating the sheep's world (the shopkeeper is a pig, for example). I don't really have any complaints about the look of the book.

Overall, this is a cute little book that will probably appeal to young children. It would be a nice, quick read at bedtime.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.14 out of 5

No comments:

Post a Comment