Sleep, Sheep!

Sleep, Sheep!

by Kerry Lyn Sparrow
  • character-development
  • fiction
  • for-boys
  • for-girls
  • from-ontario
There are lots of things Duncan likes about bedtime — the stories, the pajamas, the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste … The only thing he doesn’t like is going to sleep. And he’ll do anything he can to avoid it. Until one day, Duncan’s mom has had enough of his stalling. “Try counting sheep,” she tells him. So, he does. At first, it’s kind of fun. As he counts, each sheep appears, wearing its number like a race car, and leaps over the bed. But then comes Sheep #68, who hesitates. He needs a drink of water before he can jump. Then he has to go to the bathroom. Then he wants to put on running shoes. Will Sheep #68 ever do what he’s supposed to? Kerry Lyn Sparrow’s hilarious picture book story offers a new take on a universal experience. Using delaying tactics to avoid going to sleep at bedtime is a common routine for young children, and they’ll love the sly humor when Duncan’s own tricks get turned on him by the (“sheepish”) sheep. In subtle colors with lots of telling details, Guillaume Perreault’s illustrations bring Duncan’s bedtime rituals and his unexpected sheep guests humorously to life. This book makes a fantastic, funny read-aloud, appealing to both children and adults.


Kerry Lyn Sparrow, author

Kerry Lyn Sparrow is an elementary school teacher. Sleep, Sheep! is her debut picture book. She lives on a farm near Ottawa, Ontario.

Guillaume Perreault, illustrator

Guillaume Perreault is a graphic designer and illustrator of numerous books for children. He lives and works in Gatineau, Quebec.

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Kids Can Press



rights sold: French (North America)

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: 3-7

number of pages: 32

publication date: 10/01/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book

Additional Materials: available in PDF