Can't Sleep Without Sheep
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Can't Sleep Without Sheep

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Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired—until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Walker Childrens
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:Donna Marie
CAN'T SLEEP WITHOUT SHEEP I think it's safe to say we've all heard of the practice of counting sheep to fall asleep. Well, this book turns the whole process on its head! This is one of the freshest approaches I've read for a "bedtime" story, but between the hilarious illustrations (by Mike Wohnoutka) and playful text (by Susanna Leonard Hill), I think there may be too many giggles to allow for sleepiness. Of course, after having read Can't Sleep Without Sheep, the reader will be well-equipped w...more
Lynn  Davidson
Gorgeous in words and illustrations, funny, wonderful for children of all ages.

When I watched the trailer for it I absolutely had to have this book! It is funny, adorable, exquisitely illustrated, and so fun to read.

Ava has a hard time going to sleep, her mind is just too busy, so she counts sheep. The problem is that it still takes Ava so long to get to sleep that the sheep complain they are getting too tired jumping the fence so she can count them. They quit! Not wanting to leave little Ava wi...more
Julie Grasso
Well, here is another book that my 2.5 year old loved from the first read. In my opinion, the sign of a truly fabulous aged appropriate read, is if they are captivated from the moment the book opens. We loved the quirky take on the age old bed time ritual of counting sheep, and Susanna managed to make this extremely engaging and very funny along the way.
The text is expertly sparse, leaving so much room for the illustrator.

Our favourite pages are when the pigs have to stop for snacks and are too...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Ava is young girl who has trouble falling asleep at night, tossing and turning, since her mind is so busy. Her mother encourages to count sheep. Initially this goes okay, but after a few days the sheep are worn out and want to quit. They assure Ava they will find suitable replacements. A slew of animals such as chickens, pigs, and even penguins, try out for the position; but for various reasons it doesn’t work out. Through the process the sheep learn how special and irreplaceable they really are...more
Heidi
So fun! I love it. A perfect one to add to the preschool bedtime theme I'm planning--and much more fun than the other things I was coming up with. I love the different animals who were trying. The illustrations are quite humorous. Should be fun to try.

3/20/13 & 3/21/13: Fabulous. The kids were into in and the parents loved it. Both times it took until the page with the chickens for them to get hooked, but after that they were all for it. The larger Wed. group seemed to miss something; perhap...more
Ina
What happens when the sheep a young girl counts quit because she will not fall asleep? An hysterical tale about a competition to find a replacement animal! The horses were too beautiful, the chickens couldn't jump the fence no matter how hard they tried. This is a laugh-out-loud good time story with lovely illustrations. There are all kinds of animals that try to be the next great counting animal - from armadillos to penguins...there are pigs more interested in snacks than jumping the fence, and...more
Tam
Dec 07, 2011 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Rachel
Ava’s mother told her to count sheep to help her fall asleep. But the sheep got tired of jumping night after night so they decided to quit. The sheep promised Ava that they would find her a replacement. First they thought of sending in a horse, but they were too pretty so they sent in a chicken. But Ava just laughed as the chickens tried to get over the fence. The pigs were no use because they were in no hurry to get over the fence. Several of the animals (cows, hippos, buffalo, flamingos, armad...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
My kids really enjoyed reading about Ava and her sheep. Ava usually needs to count sheep before she sleeps, but when the sheep decide to quit they look for their replacements. Among the animals who try out for the job are a horse, pigs, penguins, buffalo, hippos, and many other animals. Will the sheep realize they're the perfect fit for the job and stay, or will Ava be counting a different animal to sleep each night?

This is such a delightful bedtime read. The story is fun and engaging, and recei...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
My kids really enjoyed reading about Ava and her sheep. Ava usually needs to count sheep before she sleeps, but when the sheep decide to quit they look for their replacements. Among the animals who try out for the job are a horse, pigs, penguins, buffalo, hippos, and many other animals. Will the sheep realize they're the perfect fit for the job and stay, or will Ava be counting a different animal to sleep each night?

This is such a delightful bedtime read. The story is fun and engaging, and rece...more
Catherine Johnson
Can't sleep without sheep is funnily enough about a girl that can't sleep so she counts sheep. And that is where the story that you know about ends, because this tale has a great twist. The sheep are very active in the story and fed up of jumping the fence. They have an idea to give themselves a break and it is a lively, fun story right to the end.

The pace is excellent, the vocabulary perfect for children to pick up and introduce new words in a fun way and the illustrations are gorgeous. It look...more
Cortney

I loved this book! My 3 year old loves it too. The pictures are beautiful and fabulous! The story was great!

Some children books have only one line per page and then you are turning pages so quickly you don't really look at the pictures, that bugs me. Some books have way too many words and it takes 20 min to read, which is far beyond my son's attention span. This book was just in the middle, perfect for my 3 year old.

The story itself was humorous, the illustration was perfect. Highly recommended,...more
Desiree
Cute story, great humor and beautiful images.
Cat
Got this one for my daughter mostly because we had been talking about counting sheep to help her sleep at bedtime. She tried it and said it didn't help. We read this book and got a real giggle out of it which is what I was hoping for. After we read it she told me the next morning that she tried counting sheep again and this time she went right to sleep. She sounded so surprised when she told me and was so funny. So I must say I do recommend this book for a giggle and possibly a good nights sleep...more
Ashley
This is my other new favorite children's book. Such a clever idea. Ava has a hard time falling asleep, so the sheep she's counting are forced to jump the fence over and over and over again. Finally, they quit, but they tell her not to worry, because they'll find a replacement. Spencer and I cracked up page after page as cows and chickens and hippos and penguins and many other animals tried and hilariously failed to jump the fence and help Ava fall asleep. Funny, awesome kids' book.
Amanda Kaye
What a cute story! It would be perfect at bed time with the little ones. It's a darling story of a little girl who can't fall asleep while counting sheep. And the sheep are exhausted from all the jumping they keep doing, so they try to find replacements...and then the fun begins!
Maggie Burgess
I had always wondered why people count sheep, and now I know why it couldn't be any other animal!

Fun little story with beautiful (and equally fun) illustrations! Sure to be a bed time (or any time) favorite!
Jo Kelly
An absolutely fantastic children's book. My children have asked for it to be read to them every night since we have received it. It is a real treasure & I look forward to reading to my youngest children when they are old enough to understand :)
Tricia
Ava's difficulty going to sleep stumps her sheep...so they try to find a replacement. The result is a hysterical myriad of animals that just aren't quite right. The kids laughed and laughed---this would be an excellent storytime read.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
A cute twist on the whole "counting sheep" to help you fall asleep. I laughed so hard when the elephants, hippos, and pigs tried to get over the fence. Illustrations are colorful and engaging. Fun bedtime story.
Kim
Ava needs to count sheep in order to sleep, but it takes her so long the sheep are exhausted and quit. She tries many animals to find a replacement and none will work. Funny and good for family storytime.
Christine Turner
When counting sheep does not help Ava fall asleep and the sheep complain that they are exhausted, they send in replacements, including cows, horses, penguins, and pigs, but none prove satisfactory.
Robin
This is one that was a big hit last summer for the Dream Big Read theme. Funny books are a blast to read aloud, of course. And this one got the kids laughing, as I recall.
The Library Lady
The artwork is too blurry in places to work well with a group. Too bad, because this would be fun to do. Still, it will be lots of fun with a child or two on your lap.
Hannah
I love how the little girl went through all sorts of different farm animals to go to sleep and realized the best thing to fall asleep to is counting sheep.
Vee
Pigs are so lazy, that's why you need sheep.
Question, was Ava being unfair? Did she consider the sheep's need for rest, vacation and health benefits?
Amberly
The illustrations are good, the story is okay. I suppose children who love animals and have a hard time going to sleep might enjoy this one.
Christen Griego
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animals/ math
This is a cute book about counting sheep where a little girl tries to find other animals to count when the sheep leave.
Eileen Charbonneau
A perfect marriage of author and illustrator! Your little ones will "Again!" this one till the eyelids droop!
Rachel
Recommended book in our book club list. So cute! My kids love the animals and it's a fun little story for bedtime.
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