Silli’s Sheep

Random/Schwartz & Wade. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984848529.
PreS-Gr 2–When the wind blows, Silli searches his overstuffed sack for a solution, attempting to use an umbrella, tennis racket, and book to hold off the chilly breeze. When fluffy and distinctly sheep-shaped clouds float by, he is inspired to search out a sheep to make himself a wool sweater. His confidence pays off when he spots five unusual sheep on a hill, and persistently and hilariously rounds them up to shear their shockingly “hard as stone” wool. All’s well in the end when Silli figures out the best strategy for using his impossible sheep to protect himself from the wind. Thomas and Stone create many comedic beats, with the illustrations moving the story briskly forward while granting the text a carefully crafted terseness. The delightfully comic illustrations add the perfect amount of whimsy to this charming noodlehead story. Preschoolers will howl when Silli, unable to find a sheepdog, acts out the role himself.
VERDICT All readers will be charmed by the earnest Silli’s perseverance, in a tale that celebrates nonsense while skillfully keeping children in the know. Recommended for most collections.

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