[Review] Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep – Julia Dweck

Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep Book Cover Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep
Julia Dweck
Xist Publishing
13 Aug 2013

Young Mary had a little lamb.
His name was Sheppard sheep,
And everywhere that Mary went
That sheep was sure to sleep.

This is not your average Mother Goose nursery rhyme. In this hilarious parody, poor Mary has one very sleepy, slumbering, snoozing sheep named Sheppard and Mary’s mom is not happy.

Can Mary can keep her sleepy sheep awake?

Young readers will laugh along at Mary’s zany attempts, as she tries everything from spicy-hot fiestas to water fights. The humor is fast and fun in this easy to read rhyming adventure.


Mary Had a Sleepy Lamb is a great wee modern twist on the original Mary Had a Little Lamb. Poor Mary tries her hardest to keep her sheep Shepard awake, but every attempt is futile and he falls back asleep no matter what she does.

My 4 year old son was in stitches with laughter at some of Mary’s attempts – we both had a good chuckle as she danced with him, soaked him with water and every tired to keep him awake with spicy food!

Once she figures out how people get to sleep she taught her sheep to count to 10 by counting people instead,  now her sheep becomes wide awake and its more than Mary can take 🙂

At the end of the story there are a few activity pages – you learn that a little mouse named Whiskers is hiding on every page throughout the story, so we had fun going back re-reading the story and trying to find the little mouse. There is also a spot the difference page – that was a little harder for my wee boy but he had a good go at trying it out 🙂

I read this on my mobile, but it also works well on the kindle app on all platforms.

This is another great book form Julie Dweck that we both enjoyed, and I am looking forward to reading it to my smaller son when he gets bit bigger 🙂

About the Author

Julia writes children’s stories for digital and traditional publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy, and edutainment in rhyme and in prose. Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read about and what makes them giggle. Julia collaborates with some of the leading artists in the world of children’s literature. Julia is also a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers.


 I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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