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Can't Sleep Without Sheep Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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About the Author
MIKE WOHNOUTKA is the acclaimed illustrator of more than 20 children's books. His books include Moo!, which was an ALA Notable Book and Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster, which is his first book as both author and illustrator. Mike's other titles have won numerous awards, including the National Jewish Book Award, Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, and the Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mike lives with his wife and two children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit Mike on his website: mikewohnoutka.com
Top Customer Reviews
A little girl by the name of Ava once had a hard time falling to sleep because her mind was oh so very busy; typical of every little kid you know. Her mother tries to help her and suggests she try counting sheep to help her sleep. This the little girl did. She counted and counted and then counted some more, but as the book informs us:
"But her mind was full of ideas and questions, thoughts of today, and plans for tomorrow." This was effective and went on night after night. Finally the sheep asked the little girl if they can please stop as they were completely exhausted. Ave tells the no! So, as sheep will often do, they said "In that case, we quit."
What is Eva to do? Well, with the help of the sheep they search for replacements; horses, chickens, cow and pigs; moose and monkeys, armadillos with hippos. Each animal of course had some major drawbacks and are quite unsuitable as sleep aids. When they got to the buffalo that charged the fence, and pretty well wrecked everything, Eva decided it was time to do some negotiations with the sheep. Will they resolve the problem, and if so, how?Read more ›
Absolutely no more jumping because they were exhausted. Ava pleaded with them to continue so she could get some sleep, but the sheep promised they'd "find a replacement." A horse leaped over the fence and he was so much fun Ava just smiled with delight. No sleep. The daffy dumb cluck chickens just made her laugh. No sleep. The fluffy sheep just wiped his brow. This was going to be a tough one. The pigs were too slow and the cows "were a complete disaster." No fence. No sleep. A giraffe, an elephant, a crocodile, a moose, some flamingos, a waddle of penguins and other animals began to line up in front of the fence. Would any of these critters be able to get Ava to sleep?
This heavenly, hilarious little tale of the sheep and a herd of other animals that couldn't get Ava to sleep will delight your little one. Try as they might those poor, exhausted sheep couldn't get Ava to fall asleep. Unless you have a rare child, I'm sure you've experienced the exhaustion the sheep felt when they tried everything to get her to fall asleep.Read more ›
Ava has a hard time going to sleep, her mind is just too busy, so she counts sheep. The problem is that it still takes Ava so long to get to sleep that the sheep complain they are getting too tired jumping the fence so she can count them. They quit! Not wanting to leave little Ava without something to count on, they try to find other animals to replace them, and what happens next is hilarious. Pigs, horses, penguins, and the list goes on. So very enjoyable.
The day my husband brought Can't Sleep Without Sheep in from our mailbox, I couldn't wait to read it. When I read this book through for the first time I also read it to my husband because I wanted to share it with him, and I laughed out loud at the antics, the surprises and the amazing and hilarious illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka. It's even better than the trailer reveals. I have to say, the author and illustrator are a great team for this story.
This is a completely gorgeous book. An added bonus is that if you go to Susanna's website: [...] you will find activities that go with the story and that you can print off for children to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of too many thoughts, Ava cannot get to sleep. The overworked and exhausted sheep ask to be replaced. Read morePublished 21 months ago by CLMurphy
Hilarious concept, awesome illustrations, excited to see the Kindle edition!Published 21 months ago by Barbara G. S. Warden
Well, here is another book that 2.5 year old loved from the first read. In my opinion, the sign of a truly fabulous aged appropriate read, is if they are captivated from the... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Jujuberry37
Purchased this as a gift for my niece. She's too young for it now, but it'll be perfect when she's a bit older. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Erica M
I have purchased this book a few times now. It's a great story with beautiful illustrations. It's a great gift and I usually get it for two year olds. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by MoupieJC
Delightful picture book with appealing story of little girl attempting to count sheep to go to sleep only to discover that the sheep are tired of jumping. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Edwin D. Leonard
I fell in love instantly with this adorable book! The story and the illustrations are absolutely wonderful. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by A. Burns