10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful bedtime story,
This review is from: Russell the Sheep (Paperback)
I hate to have to re-use a word from the synopsis but really 'endearing' is the best word to describe Russell the sheep and his long-suffering froggy friend.
I've recently bought this book for my two-year-old son and he's fascinated by it. Russell the Sheep is a beautifully and humorously illustrated book. There are plenty of details to point out to a child (or for a child to point out to a parent) and all the familiar rituals of bedtime are portrayed by quirky but sweet sheep characters - bedtime drink, cleaning teeth, and so on, though granted the sheep who's putting her false teeth in a glass may be new territory for many toddlers! The text layout is interesting with spirals and curves of text reflecting the illustrations, and would entertain an older child, and the language is fun. The storyline is simple yet engrossing, while the starry skies and muted backgrounds of the dreamlike illustrations promote a soothing bedtime atmosphere. I've had some trouble finding books suitable for bedtime because so many are too garish and stimulating but Russell the Sheep is absolutely ideal.
The topic of what insomniac sheep do to get to sleep isn't new (my son's other favourite bedtime book is the equally beautiful When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura, which I also highly recommend) but in my opinion there's no such thing as too many gentle bedtime stories.