Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Mary had a Sleepy Sheep" by Julia Dweck

Mary had a Sleepy Sheep
by Julia Dweck

Mary had a Sleepy Sheep is a picture book written by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Wilson Williams, Jr. You can read my review below. You can also read about Julia's adorable Blucy in another blog post. Keep an eye out for another great offering from Julia, Humpfree: The Humpless Camel (read my blog post).

"Young Mary had a little lamb.
His name was Sheppard sheep,
And everywhere that Mary went
That sheep was sure to sleep."
This is not your average Mother Goose nursery rhyme. In this hilarious parody, poor Mary has one very sleepy, slumbering, snoozing sheep named Sheppard, and Mary's mom is not happy.
Can Mary keep her sleepy sheep awake?
Young readers will laugh along at Mary's zany attempts, as she tries everything from spicy-hot fiestas to water fights. The humor is fast and fun in this easy to read rhyming adventure.

Can you find Whiskers the mouse hiding in this picture?

Book Trailer


By Lynda Dickson
Mary had a little lamb ... it followed her to school one day ... yeah, yeah, we all know that. But in this twist on the classic nursery rhyme, Mary has trouble taking her sleepy sheep Sheppard anywhere! He keeps falling asleep. So Mary buys a book called 8 Easy Ways to Wake Your Sleepy Sheep, and sets out to try them all. Will Mary achieve her goal? And what will happen if she does? Find out in Mary had a Sleepy Sheep.
Another great offering from Julia Dweck featuring another lovable animal character, Mary's sleepy sheep Sheppard (also the name of Julia's husband!). Children will have a fun time reading the rhyming story as well as searching for the tiny mouse illustrator Wilson Williams, Jr. has cleverly hidden on every page. The book also contains the true story of the original Mary, a fun activity, and a list of websites to visit.
Highly recommended.

About the Author
Julia Dweck writes children's stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Check out her newest ebooks, Blucy, Mary had a Sleepy Sheep, and Humpfree: The Humpless Camel.
Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading artists in the world of children's literature to produce over twenty Amazon ebooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers in children's color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: Pie-Rits and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious "Kindle Daily Deal." Many of Julia's titles have earned placement on Amazon's top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.