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Russell the Sheep    by Rob Scotton order for
Russell the Sheep
by Rob Scotton
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2005 (2005)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The illustrations of this whimsical picture book immediately set the mood. Russell of Frogsbottom Field - with his fuzzy barrel shaped body and amiably silly, sheepish face - makes you smile even before reading about his absurd antics.

Unlike the other sheep, Russell just can't get to sleep. He tries everything, everywhere. The car trunk is cramped, the tree hollow creepy, and the branch crowded. 'What's a sheep to do?' Count things of course. Too few feet and too many stars. What else will he count? Can you guess? Course you can.

You can't help but like Russell, feel for his problems, and chuckle at his attempted solutions. Russell the Sheep is a delightful bedtime book that also incorporates counting from one to ten - a picture book guaranteed to be in demand night after night.

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