Written by Meg McKinley
Illustrated by Leila Rudge
Bedtime stories may be everywhere, but this absurd yet adorable addition is worthy of the title and worth the time. In preparation for slumber, Amos begins counting sheep. He barely gets past “Two” before the sheep he’s counting materialize in his bedroom. The sheep don’t see a fence to jump over. So Felix, aka sheep number one, gives Amos a hard time about staying until he has a fence. And the fence needs to be the perfect height with the perfect landing. And the sheep need a glass of water before proceeding. Of course, Amos falls asleep on the floor while several more sheep show up and lounge on the furniture.
The illustrations include wonderful details about a kid’s bedroom – stuffed animals, musical instruments, vehicles of all sorts, clothing, and furniture.
The story hilariously begs the question of whether the sheep are real or whether they only exist in that mysterious world between wake and sleep. Families will have tons of fun reading their own Amos into slumberland.
- Title: Let Me Sleep, Sheep!
- Author: Meg McKinley
- Illustrator: Leila Rudge
- Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2019
- Reviewer: Sue Poduska
- Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
- Grade Level: K to 3
- Genre: Picture book, Humor, Bedtime
- ISBN: 978-1-5362-0547-3