This picture book is intended for children, but will be appreciated by adults as well. No Sleep has word play, repetition, and rhymes that are great for pre-readers (and not annoying for the adults reading to them! ;) ). Beaumont says, “The repetition is designed to make it easy to memorize, thus giving pre-readers an opportunity to feel empowered as ‘readers’.” As the mom of an almost-reader, I found this to be absolutely true.
The animal sounds, combined with the repeating pattern, is reminiscent of Old McDonald—and I found my boys and I sing-songing the story in the same way.
Jackie Urbanovic’s illustrations are wonderfully playful. They are adorable…with an edge. When the sleepy sheep are angry, they look angry…but still cute! The pictures are colorful and engaging, and complement Beaumont’s story perfectly.
This is a book that we will read over and over, emphasizing the personality of the characters, and finding new intricacies in the pictures.
No Sleep for the Sheep was written by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic, and published by Harcourt Children's Books in March 2011.