A little bit of dream manipulation goes a long way in this lullaby tale from newcomer Khan. As a young girl lies in bed, she conjures up some sheep to count, but the sheep, led by a monocled old ram, are in a mutinous mood. They demand some clarifications: ""What's in store? It's dark on the far side of the fence. Light it up so we can see where we go."" The girl complies, but there are more demands: How about some entertainment? So she adds an amusement park, which so captivates the sheep that they not only shirk their appointed fence-jumping task, they ignore the girl's call to order. Enough. The girl conjures away the meadow, closes down the amusement park, and, when the sheep start to grumble, dismisses them and summons a more compliant flock. Frost's rich, oil-pastel illustrations have a light touch, a good match for this story of tables turned, where the child is ready and eager for the land of nod, but the dream won't cooperate.
Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998
Page Count: 32
Publisher: "Stoddart Kids--dist. by General Dist. (85 River Rock Dr., Buffalo, NY 14207)"