Friday, November 5, 2010

Sneaky Sheep by Chris Monroe

While we are rather sad that Chris Monroe did not write another Monkey with a Toolbelt story, we felt much happier once we had read Sneaky Sheep.

Rocky and Blossom live in a very nice meadow with lots of nice sheep and a very nice sheep dog (his name is Murphy). But Rocky and Blossom are not happy. They want to explore! They want to try new things! They want...the greener grass high up the mountain. Murphy knows Rocky and Blossom aren't the whitest wool in the flock (insert hilarious spread of previous bad decisions) and tells them definitely NO.

Which is when the Sneakiness begins. Very, very sneaky Sneakiness. Of course, bad things happen, Murphy saves them, and all is well...for the moment!

Monroe's sketchy cartoon art is the perfect background for this hilarious take on the old adage "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." Suitable for preschoolers, this story will resonate most strongly with kindergarteners and younger elementary students who will pick up on the snarky humor.

Verdict: Highly recommended. A great book to have on hand for school visits.

ISBN: 9780761356158; Published September 2010 by Carolrhoda; Borrowed from the library


Bruce said...

But, even more happily, Chris DID write another Monkey with a Toolbelt story!
Her publishers are now working on getting out a third book in the series.

For updates on that project and other happenings in Chris' career, please join her Facebook Fan Club:

Jennifer said...

Oooh, yay! My library and I are very excited! We had a Monkey with a toolbelt party last year. Yay Chico Bon Bon!