Little Bo Peep's Troublesome Sheep by Cressida Cowell

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Little Bo Peep's Troublesome Sheep by Cressida Cowell

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath
Reviewed by Keith Dudhnath
Summary: Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them, so she does the only sensible thing: she heads to the library to read up on how to bring them back.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 28 Date: April 2009
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN: 978-0340918203

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Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them. We may know the end of the nursery rhyme, but she doesn't, so she heads off to her local library to get a book on shepherding. Will she find the book she needs? Will she find her sheep?

What a lovely book! It ticks all the right boxes. There's a familar tale, but given a fun twist. There's an understated subplot where you get to see what all the sheep are actually getting up to whilst Bo looks for them. Add on top of that a general feeling that libraries are great, and you've got an excellent book. That's before you even get to the extra books that are included - and which child (or adult!) doesn't enjoy a book with additional bits to pull out and read? It's in a similar vein to The Jolly Postman, with which it shares its sense of humour and gentle parody.

Cressida Cowell's illustrations are bustling with life. Most of the action may take place in a library, but it's by no means calm and quiet! Her drawing style is fresh and bubbly, perfectly suiting the sideways glance at well-known fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

There isn't a child out there who won't love Little Bo Peep's Troublesome Sheep. It's funny, charming, and a worthy addition to any bookshelf, or trip to the library of your own - even if you don't have sheep in tow. Highly recommended.

My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.

Don't Read This Book! by Jill Lewis and Deborah Allwright also offers a fun twist on an established tale - this time the Princess and the Pea. To rediscover just how wonderful they are in their unadulterated glory, take a look at Favourite Nursery Rhymes by Brian Wildsmith.

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