Sunday, December 26, 2021

Review - Woolly the Wide Awake Sheep

Woolly the Wide Awake Sheep

by Jake Tebbit
Date: 2017
Publisher: Star Bright Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Poor little Woolly sheep! He just can't fall asleep. Wide awake yet again, he asks his barnyard friends how they lull themselves to sleep. The bull, the cow, the cat, the spider, and even Mother hen, they all say they count sheep! But Woolly can't do that. Why? Granddaddy Ram knows exactly why, and with a little help from his grandfather, Woolly is soon fast sleep. A sweet and humorous book that will easily become a favorite. Jake Tebbit's engaging water colors make this the perfect book for the last read-aloud of the day.

(synopsis from Amazon; see it on Goodreads)

This is a story about a sheep who can't sleep. So he asks all his friends on the farm what they do when they can't sleep. They tell him they count sheep!

For some reason, Woolly discounts this idea and it's up to his grandfather to sit with him and count the sheep they see. Woolly finally falls asleep.

I was hoping there would be a twist, or at least a good reason why Woolly couldn't count sheep. He said he was tired and didn't know how. I mean... I get being tired, but can he not count at all? His reasoning is weak.

The story is told in rhyme, but with no discernible metre; the rhythm is all over the place. But the pictures are sort of cute, and kids might like this more than a jaded adult who's read way too many picture books. 

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 2/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.57 out of 5

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