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Russell the sheep, Rob Scotton

Label
Russell the sheep
Title
Russell the sheep
Statement of responsibility
Rob Scotton
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Russell the sheep tries all different ways to get to sleep
Member of
Award
International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Primary Fiction, 2006.
Review
  • Pres-Gr. 1. Russell is one wide-awake sheep. When the sky grows dark and the other sheep in Frogsbottom Field drift into slumbers, Russells eyes (BOING!) are wide open. Its not for lack of trying: he pulls a nightcap over his eyes, removes his wool, and uses a pillow. He tries different locations: a rusty car, a hollow tree, a high branch. And counting things: his legs, the stars, and finally (yawn) sheep. Even young children will relate to Russells predicament in this simple, satisfying story told with economy and illustrated with wit. The artwork, in a cool palette of muted blues, greens, and grays, is subtle and pleasing. But the real fun here is in the details, from the fat sleeping sheep with their skinny legs pointing skyward to the small, expressive changes in Russells round eyes. A droll bedtime read-aloud that will amuse those listening as well as those reading -- Carolyn Phelan (BookList, 08-01-2005, p2036)
  • PreS-Gr 1 –Russell can't sleep. While the other sheep are dozing off, he ponders the problem of insomnia. Is he too hot or too cold? Perhaps a better place would help. When nothing works, he tries counting things. He starts with his feet, and then moves on to the stars ("six hundred million billion and ten")–twice. Finally, the quintessential cliché comes to him, and he counts sheep. Russell nods off just as the new day dawns and the others awaken. Scotton makes a captivating debut with this comical tale. He illustrates it with a witty, engaging, and fluffy character bathed in calming blue hues. With his wide-eyed, startled expression; froggy sidekick; and animated, blue-and-white-striped nightcap, Russell will win the hearts of readers, who will want to look at the pictures over and over to catch all the clever detail.–Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL --Be Astengo (Reviewed April 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 4, p110)
  • Humans who have trouble falling asleep have been known to count sheep. But what do insomniacs of the woolly-coated variety do? Russell, a sheep longing for shuteye, is on the case in this sweet-natured picture book. When all is quiet except for Russell, the playfully stocking-capped critter tries everything to lull himself into slumber. Making things darker doesn't help: "the really dark really scared him." And searching for a new place to get cozy is a bust, too. ("He tried the hollow of a tree./ That was too creepy !") At long last he gives counting a go: his feet, the stars in the sky—and ultimately, sheep—to fine effect. British native Scotton's children's book debut blends silly and warm into the kind of package that appeals to a broad age range. His stylized sheep—all fleecy white fluff atop matchstick-thin legs, with ping-pong-ball eyes—are simultaneously endearing and comic against a dark night-sky background. The compositions vary in perspective, and Scotton uses spot illustrations to pick up the pace, and framed full-spread paintings when Russell takes a pause. This fresh-feeling bedtime story about one animal's restless ramblings should prove an entertaining send-off-to-the-Sandman for young readers. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed April 25, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 17, p55)
  • Scotton makes a stylish debut with this tale of a sleepless sheep—depicted as a blocky, pop-eyed, very soft-looking woolly with a skinny striped nightcap of unusual length—trying everything, from stripping down to his spotted shorts to counting all six hundred million billion and ten stars, twice, in an effort to doze off. Not even counting sheep . . . well, actually, that does work, once he counts himself. Dawn finds him tucked beneath a rather-too-small quilt while the rest of his flock rises to bathe, brush and riffle through the Daily Bleat. Russell doesn't have quite the big personality of Ian Falconer's Olivia, but more sophisticated fans of the precocious piglet will find in this art the same sort of daffy urbanity. Quite a contrast to the usual run of ovine-driven snoozers, like Phyllis Root's Ten Sleepy Sheep, illustrated by Susan Gaber (2004). (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2005)
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134390
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scotton, Rob
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 1
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Series statement
Russell the sheep
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bedtime
  • Sheep
  • Sleep
  • Counting
Target audience
preschool
Label
Russell the sheep, Rob Scotton
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062392435
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2003024274
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)53954119
Label
Russell the sheep, Rob Scotton
Publication
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062392435
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2003024274
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)53954119

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