Published July 5th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Things to know about sheep:
Sheep live outside.
Sheep have wool.
Sheep will not learn to ride a skateboard.
Sheep will not climb a tree.
Sheep will come into the house...but this will get you into trouble.
Seventeen sheep plus one Gus means that life is never dull on the farm! From National Book Award winning author Jeanne Birdsall and New York Times Bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss comes a hilarious tale about man's other best friend.
Author Jeanne Birdsall has written a hilarious book about Gus, who has turned in a report about the sheep who serve as distracts and pets in his life. He shares the various ways that he interacts with them, and all of them will have the reader laughing...
There's something utterly charming about the way Gus views the world, and it's a feeling that readers of any age will absolutely adore. Gus clearly loves his sheep like wooly family members - he attempts to switch his brother and a lamb at one point - and readers will delight in how he views them and how his interactions impact his real-world family.
Though there isn't a specific lesson or parable in the story, Birdsall's zippy sentence and hilarious scenarios are a wonderful reminder of how it's the little (and occasionally) messy things in life that give us joy, and just how delightful it is to share that joy with someone else: in this case, in the form of a report.
The details of the book are only accentuated by the pitch-perfect illustrations of Harry Bliss. Tiny details like the droll, long-suffering and/or nonchalant looks on the face of the sheep, will send readers into stitches, and younger readers especially will delight in the details.
Bottom line: This book is a delightful way to spend one's time. Highly recommend, full stop.
About the author & illustrator:
Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He grew up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, and is also the illustrator of A Fine, Fine School by Newbery-Award winner Sharon Creech and Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin; among many others. Harry lives in South Burlington, Vermont. Learn more about Harry and his work at HarryBliss.com.