Turning the Bedtime Struggles on Their Head
#partner There are copious amounts of going to bed books out in the world. From classics like Goodnight Moon, to the irreverent like I Dare You Not To Yawn by Hélène Boudreau and Serge Bloch. You could go to any shelf in the library and find numerous books about the bedtime process so I was indeed sceptical of Sleep, Sheep! by Kerry Lyn Sparrow and Guillaume Perreault published by Kids Can Press. What could a new bedtime book possibly accomplish that has not already been said before? I was completely and pleasantly surprised. Obviously writing from experience, Kerry Lyn Sparrow turns the bedtime frustrations on their head as Duncan gets ready for bedtime. Duncan loved to avoid going to sleep and figured he had enough tricks to keep him from going to sleep for the “foreseeable future”. He doesn’t realize “mom had a few tricks up her sleeve, too”. When he’s settled in, mom suggests he count sheep so he does. All goes well until sheep #68 shows up and begins feeding Duncan the same lines he feeds his mom at bedtime.
A super cute story you will enjoy reading just as much as your children will love listening. Another wonderful Kids Can Press story that is on heavy bedtime rotation in our house these days and I know it will be a favourite for many years to come. With a little light humour Kerry Lyn Sparrow demonstrates the frustrations many of us parents have during bedtime by having the child in the story experience them hoping to instil a little empathy in your little one.
The art by Guillaume Perreault is so great in this story. From the highlighting of certain objects in Duncan’s room to the expressions on the faces of all the characters, you just fall right into the story. You will have so much fun checking out all the sheep who are all accessorized differently. Be sure to check out the endpapers…so adorable!! I really love how Kids Can Press brought together an author and an illustrator both from the Ottawa area to create this beautiful book. I really believe Sleep, Sheep will stand out amongst all of the bedtime books and can easily become a new favourite for your family.
Thanks to Kids Can Press for a copy of Sleep, Sheep! in exchange for an honest review.