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Sneaky Sheep Library Binding – September 1, 2010
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PreS-Gr 2–Rocky and Blossom are serious troublemakers. These sheep have been known to skateboard without helmets, sunbathe on train tracks, and even run with scissors. Murphy the sheepdog doesn't trust them a bit, and, when he hears of their interest in the forbidden high meadow, he begins to watch them like, well, a sheepdog. Then one day while he is distracted, they make a successful break. They hide themselves in the company of a hungry wolf and are suddenly in mortal danger. Trusty Murphy shows up to save them, of course, and all is well for the fluffy, fast-moving, not-so-forward-thinking pair. Monroe's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are entertaining; kids will enjoy following Rocky and Blossom's antics both in and out of panels. And who knew that sheep eyes, simply circles and dots, could say so much? Even though they can't be trusted to stay where they belong, be sure to make a place on the library shelves for these rebels.Heather Acerro, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN
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For Rocky and Blossom, living among 147 other sheep in their lowland meadow is like torture. Especially when, high up the mountain, there appears to be a patch of choice clover. “That meadow up there SURE looks sweet!” says Rocky (or Blossom—they look pretty much the same). The one problem is Murphy, the kindly cattle dog who recalls that the troublesome two “had been known to make some bad decisions over the years.” Monroe’s squiggly, mischievous illustrations hit a high point here, using a two-page spread to show the sheep’s past foibles: skating a half-pipe (without helmets!), suntanning on train tracks (while listening to iPods!), running with scissors (scissors!), and so forth. The irascible duo is tons of fun to follow across the pages; Monroe even blasts them through panel borders to illustrate just how “incredibly sneaky” they are. Ultimately, a dark forest, a hungry wolf, and a steep cliff figure into their comeuppance—though a final page suggests this won’t be their last dubious deed. Monroe’s comic timing is positively Mo Willems–esque. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus
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Rocky and Blossom are not good sheep. They don't make good decisions. Living, as they do, in a low meadow with 147 other sheep and a sheepdog named Murphy, Rocky and Blossom yearn to gain access to a different meadow. High above on another mountain they can see a meadow of superior charms. One that undoubtedly has supremely succulent clover. Unfortunately for them, Murphy is no fool. The minute they try to escape he's on their tails, taking them back. One day, however, the sheep get the drop on their guardian. Everything seems to be going fine too, until a hungry wolf takes note of their vulnerability. To their great relief, Murphy comes to their aid and they've all learned an important lesson . . . . for a while.
Every author/illustrator has a secret weapon at their disposal. Chris Van Allsburg treads on the edge of photo-realism. Kevin Henkes hits his readers at their emotional core. For Ms. Monroe, her secret weapon is her grasp of the English language. Naming her monkey with a tool belt Chico Bon Bon was a stroke of genius. Similarly, this new book is clever right from the get go. Say the words "Sneaky Sheep" a couple times to yourself and you'll instantly realize why there are few cuter things in this world than small children saying the title. Next, look at the names of the characters. The sheep are Rocky and Blossom and the sheepdog is Murphy. I don't know why I find these names as pleasing as I do, but there it is. Maybe it's because Monroe is simultaneously meeting and thwarting expectations. A sheep named Blossom makes sense at first, but not a sneaky sheep. A sheep named Rocky, in contrast, doesn't make any sense at all. And as for the name Murphy, you'd expect to see it on a guy driving a truck cross country and not on a sheepdog that clearly is not getting paid enough to watch these no good sheep.
If you were to cover up Chris Monroe's name on the cover and then hand this book to a class of unsuspecting library students taking a class on children's literature, I wonder how many would think that the words and the pictures were created by different people. There are a couple spreads in this book where it feels like the author has given the illustrator a lot of leeway to get creative. For example, at one point the text reads, "Murphy knew a few things about Rocky and Blossom. They had been known to make some bad decisions over the years." These seemingly simple sentences are then surrounded by a montage of terrible choices. You get to see everything from the sheep running with scissors and skateboarding without a helmet running with the bulls and playing poker with strange dogs. After much consideration, a person would have to conclude that the author and illustrator of this book were one and the same, if only because Monroe is so good and making the text funny one moment and the images funny another. She's an equal opportunity author/illustrator in terms of humor. Not the most common creature in the world.
When one conjures up memories of children's books where two bad animals try to escape the influence of one good animal, the first thing that comes to mind are the Daniel Pinkwater books about "Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears". Indeed, Monroe's books bear (ha ha) some similarities to Pinkwater's, if only in terms of premise alone. Like the bears and their penchant for blueberry muffins, Blossom and Rocky's desires are primarily controlled by their stomachs. So too, for that matter, are the desires of small children. This is a desire that kids understand. That said, these sneaky sheep really find their true predecessors in all the unapologetically "bad" kids and animals that have ever graced the pages of children's literature. From "David!" to Brer Rabbit to any trickster you can name, their hijinks will always continue to ensue and entertain. Here's to more "Sneaky Sheep" books then. Something tells me that their days of making foolish choices are far from over.
For ages 4-8.
While preparing to go to the local sheep shearing festival with a group of friends, I pulled this book out and soon had a group of adults also laughing at the notion of a pair of sheep managed nicely by a sheepdog named Murphy. Rocky and Blossom are what every naughty person can clearly identify with--they don't see the dangers or understand the boundaries imposed. It was a delightful story that also helps spark discussions about "bad decisions." I will have to look into the other books by Chris Monroe.
Every time he took his eye off them they ended up in big trouble. There was the time they were pulled up in the air by balloons, were caught sunning themselves on the railroad tracks . . . oh, and what about the time they were caught playing poker with those dogs? No, they could not go because mountains could be very, very dangerous with things like rocky cliffs, avalanches, raging rivers, and old ladies who needed wool for their knitting. No, no, no, NO! The word "no" was not something Rocky and Blossom wanted to hear. They bided their time until he wasn't looking. They ran this way and that and that way and this and were going to hide behind a rock. Guess who was there? Murphy. Were Rocky and Blossom ever going to be able to visit The High Meadow or was that darned old Murphy going to catch them every time?
This adorably daffy duo, Rocky and Blossom, will delight the reader as they try once again to outwit Murphy, the sheepdog. Of course for those who know of sneaky sheep like these, their tricky, troublesome antics will be of no surprise, but for those who haven't, there will be a lot of chuckling as these pages are turned. Every youngster tries to get away with a few things when no one is looking, but Rocky and Blossom will make them look good. Very, very, good. This book is a cross between a picture book and a beginning early graphic novel with some panels and balloon dialogue. If you're up for a lot of giggles when you check up on a couple of two sneaky sheep this is one book you won't want to hide behind a rock!
I told the older one I wanted to read the book to both of them and then I wanted HIM to read it to ME.
He did! And he did marvelous. Great reader for not even 6 years old yet. Great purchase!
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