Can’t Sleep Without Sheep

You have two special treats here today :) This is our very own Perfect Picture Book Friday Susanna Hill’s book, Can’t Sleep Without Sheep. (I can’t wait to see her face – metaphorically speaking ;)

Can’t Sleep Without Sheep
written by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Walker Childrens, September 2010, Fiction

Suitable for: All grades

This is a great book for bedtime all about getting to sleep. Anything to do with sleep can be covered with the help of this book. It is also a good one for knowing your worth as the sheep discovered.

Opening and brief synopsis:
Ava had a hard time falling asleep. Her mind was always so busy!
Wanted: Trustworthy animal for nighttime position. Must be nimble and reliable . . .

Whenever Ava can’t sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it’s the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava’s fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all.

With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

 Links to resources: Activities, Resources from Susanna’s website.
There are probably loads more sleep related games you could play to go with this book, like sleeping lions.

The illustrations are sensational, I absolutely love to open this book. It really is a delight to look at and a delight to read. Well done, Susanna!!!

By now you’ll be wondering what the cake is doing down there. Please help yourselves and come back again later, it will still be here ;) Aren’t I lucky having a Friday 13th birthday!         

via google images

23 thoughts on “Can’t Sleep Without Sheep

  1. Happy birthday! And darn, you beat me to Susanna’s book, haha! I’ll forgive you since it’s a special day for you and all. Book sounds adorable, and I’ve already checked out all Susanna’s activities. We love sheep around here, so this is def on the bedtime list. :)

  2. Happy Birthday, Catherine!!! You get an extra big piece of Scouty’s cake since you share the day :) And OMGosh! You literally brought tears of joy and gratitude to my eyes posting my book! You have made my day and it’s only 6 in the morning :) I’m so glad you like Can’t Sleep enough to post it as a Perfect Picture Book! Thank you. And have a WONDERFUL day! (That includes no laundry, cooking, or vacuuming!)

  3. Happy Birthday, Catherine! Please eat my piece of cake for me. You deserve it.

    Thanks for such a lively review of Susanna’s book “Can’t Sleep Without Sheep.” It sounds like a staple needed by every child at bedtime.

  4. Oh don’t get me all teary too. We’ve been reading that one a lot recently it deserves to be pride of place in Perfect Picture Books. Thanks for the extra cake! And absolutely no chores today, I’m going to a friend’s house. :)

  5. Yay, I waited to post because I wanted to see Susanna’s joy. Happy Birthday Catherine, and of course, this is a tremendous choice for PBPF. It is kind of irresistible! Enjoy your day.

  6. Have a wonderful Birthday Catherine. I am so glad you reviewed Susanna’s book. It is such a fun book for kids. I love the trailer, too. Lovedreading Susanna’s response! I bought it for my granddaughter for Christmas and it was a hit!

  7. HBTY HBTY Happy Birthday Dear Catherine* HBTY!

    *extra slice of cake being served with ice cream because you have a GREAT name and it is spelled correctly. (aka like mine – LOL)

    Best choice ever for PPBF…kudos!

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday Catherine! I never thought Friday the 13th was unlucky anyway. ;-)

    So glad you picked Susanna’s wonderful book! Who wouldn’t love it?

  9. It’s wonderful seeing all these clever picture books. Our State LIbrary is doing picture book promotions over the summer holidays. The kids are coming along in droves.


  10. What a perfect Perfect Picture Book! ;) Ms. Hill, I just got a copy of “Can’t Sleep Without Sheep” Friday night! What a coincedence! :) It’s a GREAT book! My whole family was laughing at “The cows were a complete disaster!” :)

  11. Happy Birthday Catherine, Hoping you had a wonderful time. The book is such a delight and perfect for PPF, loved Susanna’s response to it.
    Cake! Yum… guess there’s non left

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