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Russell the Sheep Hardcover – April 12, 2005
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Scotton gives his sheep distinctive, quirky characters, and human-like habits. At night, one brushes his or her teeth, and another holds a teddy bear, and many of them fall asleep upside down (wool side up?), all four legs sticking straight up, and with nothing but patchwork quilts to cover them. All except, big-eyed Russell (looking a bit like Gromit the dog, another British import). Oh, how he struggles to sleep-each new solution brings its own unexpected problem: Perhaps it's too light, he reasons, but when he pulls his hat over his eyes, "the really dark scared him." He takes off his wool (!) jammies, thinking that "perhaps I'm just too hot," but the next vignetted picture shows him shivering away. He uses his friend the frog as a pillow, "but the pillow hopped away...hopping mad!" Like a child who attributes the insomnia to something external rather than internal, Russell looks for a better bedroom, outside his home of Frogsbottom Field. He discovers an alliterative list of adjectival objections: The uncovered trunk (completely safe, by the way) is too "cramped," the inside of a tree (filled with bats) is "too creepy," and the branch of a tree is "too crowded" with owls. (He's also too heavy for the branch, but Scotton's aim is fun, not physics.
He thought hard about what to do next.Read more ›
The cartoon like illustrations are full of detail. Lots for little eyes to llok at while the story is being read!
We would recommend this book to others. We feel that the book will entertain children in a wide variety of age groups. There is a little green frog that shows up though out the book. It's fun to discover what the will be up to next!
This is the first time Scotton has put words to his illustrations to create a picture book. In his homeland of England, he is an illustrator of greeting cards, ceramics and other items. His illustrations of Russell are so fun and funny that he almost doesn't need words!
Russell's problem? He can't get to sleep. When people can't sleep, they count sheep. What do sheep do? Russell tries many strategies, including counting "six hundred million billion and ten" stars. Will he never fall asleep?
HarperCollins says two more books about Russell are already in the works. I predict young ones will be asking for Russell as they drop off to sleep at night.
He lives in Frogsbottom Field. It's been a long and busy day in Frogsbottom Field. Grandma sheep's been knitting. The cuddly flock has lazed and grazed. Everyone's down for some oh-so-restful zzzz's .... except for Russell.
Russell cannot fall asleep.
Is it not dark enough, he wonders? Down goes his woolly hat over his wide open eyes but - oooooh!... the really dark really scares him! Is it too hot? Off comes his lovely woolly sheepskin (looking SO dapper in dotted undies) but - brrrrrr!... - the night is VERY drafty!
Perhaps a new place? Ugh! - the trunk of a car is too cramped! The hollow of a tree is too creepy. The bird-covered branch is way too crowded! What's a sheep to do?
There is always the tried and true like counting things. Counting his own four feet and the six hundred million billion and ten stars in the sky and each and every snoozing sheep in the field! Ah...
"Still awake," he sighs.
Goodness, is there anything left to count? There is. Something very important that Russell forgot. The whole book will make you chuckle (the illustrations alone make it worth the while) and you will at last...see Russell .....yawn.......get his share of ......zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....
Good night, Russ. You'll be waking up to five bright and twinkly stars from me, your new best fan forever.....
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Pictures and story line are great. I have given copies to adult friends who "guard them" from their grandchildren because they don't want them disappearing.Published 1 month ago by lovetoread
One of my favorite stories for children. the detail in the illustrations is great, a child can find something new in the pictures at every readingPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Adorable book with very cute illustrations. My daughter loves the pictures and yelling, "baa" on every page.Published 4 months ago by DMT
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