Thursday 27 February 2014

10 Funny Sheep

10 Funny Sheep by Ed Allen, illustrated by Andrea Edmonds (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $13.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-637-9
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Some people count sheep to go to sleep but not the sheep in this book! Counting backwards – to the tune of 10 green bottles – these sheep start by singing silly songs which get sillier as one sheep at a time disappears until they are all gone.

This is fun to read aloud:
Four funny sheep trying to win the game.
Four funny sheep trying to win the game.
And if one funny sheep should get all the blame, 
There’ll be three funny sheep trying to win the game.

The accompanying picture shows four sheep playing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey who happily munches apples, oblivious to their game. But when one sheep pins the tail on the donkey’s forehead, the donkey looks up and the other three sheep run. The illustrations are entertaining. All the sheep are individuals and it’s fun to guess which one will be next to leave the pages. Hidden in each scene is a number to find as well.

10 Funny Sheep joins other titles in this series including 10 Silly Wombats also by this author/illustrator team and is a light, amusing and entertaining way for young children to practise their counting – forwards and backwards.

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