BAA BAA SMART SHEEP by Mark Sommerset


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Smart sheep? More like smartypants sheep.

In this story told almost entirely in dialogue, Little Baa Baa is bored, but then Quirky Turkey comes along. They comment on the nice day. Then Quirky Turkey comments on a pile of round, brown somethings next to Little Baa Baa. When the fowl inquires about them, Little Baa Baa says they are “smarty tablets.” Smarty tablets “make you smarter.” When Quirky Turkey asks about the price, Little Baa Baa says they are “free…but only to turkeys.” Inspecting the tablets closely, Quirky Turkey says they look like poo. And they smell like poo. “ ‘Are you sure they’re not just poo?’ / ‘Smarty tablets?’ / ‘Yes, smarty tablets.’ ‘Like these ones?’ / ‘Like those ones.’ / ‘That you eat?’ / ‘That you eat.’ / ‘That are free?’ / ‘That are free.’ / ‘…but only to turkeys.’ / ‘I’m a turkey!’ / ‘Then why don’t you help yourself?’ ” Quirky Turkey does and of course discovers they are poo and exclaims in disgust. Little Baa Baa crows: “See, you’re getting smarter already!” The Sommersets’ tale of sheep mischief (there’s a warning on the cover that the book contains such) is an amusing read-aloud, particularly if the dialogue is exploited to its full effect. Every storytimer will giggle at the mention of poo, though their adults may be revolted. The earth-toned, pencil illustrations bring Mo Willems’ Pigeon books to mind, but that’s where the similarities end.

Barnyard high jinks that won’t be to everyone’s taste (especially turkeys). (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7636-8066-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2015


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