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Russell the Sheep


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Key title A quirky bedtime story, introducing endearing insomniac, Russell the Sheep. Rob Scotton's wonderful artwork can also be found on greetings cards, ceramics, textiles, prints, stationery and glassware. Russell the Sheep is Rob's first picture book. A wonderful story for little sleepy heads Artwork with a distinctive, soft palette, and full of humorous detail, combines with individual design to create a must-have bedtime story. Russell the Sheep is set to become a picture book star!

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Rob Scotton studied at Leicester Polytechnic. He lives in Rutland with his wife, Liz, who is also an artist. Rob only had to look out of his studio window to find the inspiration for Russell. The rolling coutnryside surrounding his home is brimming with sheep, other wildlife, sheep, rural beauty and more sheep! Russell the Sheep is Rob's first picture book.


PreS-Gr 1-Russell can't sleep. While the other sheep are dozing off, he ponders the problem of insomnia. Is he too hot or too cold? Perhaps a better place would help. When nothing works, he tries counting things. He starts with his feet, and then moves on to the stars ("six hundred million billion and ten")-twice. Finally, the quintessential clich? comes to him, and he counts sheep. Russell nods off just as the new day dawns and the others awaken. Scotton makes a captivating debut with this comical tale. He illustrates it with a witty, engaging, and fluffy character bathed in calming blue hues. With his wide-eyed, startled expression; froggy sidekick; and animated, blue-and-white-striped nightcap, Russell will win the hearts of readers, who will want to look at the pictures over and over to catch all the clever detail.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

`Russell the Sheep is completely engaging and bound to become a star of the future.' The Bookseller

`This is the delicious tale of a sheep who can't sleep.' Daily Express

`Charming tale.' Grove

`This quirky bedtime story...will amuse and appeal to the very young.' Family Interest Magazine

`Gorgeous, gently coloured illustrations...A perfect bedtime story.' Eastern Daily Press

Humans who have trouble falling asleep have been known to count sheep. But what do insomniacs of the woolly-coated variety do? Russell, a sheep longing for shuteye, is on the case in this sweet-natured picture book. When all is quiet except for Russell, the playfully stocking-capped critter tries everything to lull himself into slumber. Making things darker doesn't help: "the really dark really scared him." And searching for a new place to get cozy is a bust, too. ("He tried the hollow of a tree./ That was too creepy!") At long last he gives counting a go: his feet, the stars in the sky-and ultimately, sheep-to fine effect. British native Scotton's children's book debut blends silly and warm into the kind of package that appeals to a broad age range. His stylized sheep-all fleecy white fluff atop matchstick-thin legs, with ping-pong-ball eyes-are simultaneously endearing and comic against a dark night-sky background. The compositions vary in perspective, and Scotton uses spot illustrations to pick up the pace, and framed full-spread paintings when Russell takes a pause. This fresh-feeling bedtime story about one animal's restless ramblings should prove an entertaining send-off-to-the-Sandman for young readers. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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