~Written by Julia Dweck
~Illustrated by Wilson Williams, Jr.
“Young Mary had a little lamb.
His name was Sheppard sheep,
And everywhere that Mary went
That sheep was sure to sleep.”This is not your average Mother Goose nursery rhyme. In this hilarious parody, poor Mary has one very sleepy, slumbering, snoozing sheep named Sheppard and Mary’s mom is not happy.
Can Mary can keep her sleepy sheep awake?
Young readers will laugh along at Mary’s zany attempts, as she tries everything from spicy-hot fiestas to water fights. The humor is fast and fun in this easy to read rhyming adventure.
Mary had a Sleepy Sheep will have young readers, and their parents, in stitches. I laughed all the way through this charming and modern day original take on Mary Had a Little Lamb. Mary tries with all her might to creatively wake her sheep, Sheppard, but all he wants to do is catch some Zzzzzz's. I love her taco fiesta (as pictured above) where her sheep can be found taking a siesta. The fun antics continue right up to the end when Mary finally figures out the secret to keeping Sheppard awake, but is that a good thing?
The story is told in rhyme, which according to several studies, can help children to become better readers as well as make it easier for them to differentiate between individual sounds. As I've said many times before, Julia Dweck is a gifted author with an incredible talent for rhyme and Mary had a Sleepy Sheep is no exception.
The illustrations by the late Wilson Williams, Jr are amazing to say the least. His clever creations add to the humor on each page and the hidden mouse make discovering all the story has to offer that much more entertaining.
I love this story and highly recommend picking up a copy. You can pre-order yours today on Amazon.com and will be released on September 5, 2013.
Julia Dweck writes children's stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Check out her newest eBook, "Blucy," a colorful romp and rhyming cat tale. Fun cat facts and a Blucy activity are included in this playful adventure.
Julia's background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She's collaborated with leading artists in the world of children's literature to produce over 20 Amazon eBooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon's bestsellers in children's color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: PIE-RITS and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious "Kindle Daily Deal." Many of Julia's titles have earned placement on Amazon's top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children's literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom. (Amazon.com)
Born and raised on the East coast of Florida, Wilson has always had a passion for imaginary worlds and creatures. Luckily his pens, pencils and paintbrushes have given him the means to catalog his journeys to these magical places. According to his Mother, who would know best, Wilson has been drawing fervently from the moment he could hold a crayon in his hand. The right hand to be exact. His earliest interests started in Comic books, Saturday morning cartoons and the Kids section of the local public library. While some things have evolved since then, his enthusiasm and youthful spirit still remains.
In high-school Wilson decided to pursue Art as his life long career. He attended Ringling School of Art and Design where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration. He's been a successful commercial artist and designer for the past twelve years. And he still dedicates a considerable amount of time to comic books, cartoons and the local public library. (Amazon.com)
Sadly, Mr. Williams passed away before this book's official release.