The Children’s Book Review | March 10, 2020
Written by Raven Howell
Illustrated by David Barrow
Age Range: 3-7
Hardcover: 295 pages
Publisher: Doodle and Peck Publishing (February 2, 2020)
What to expect: Sleep, Bedtime, Sheep
Falling asleep can feel stressful at times, especially when the mind begins to overthink. A Flock of Fun takes this stress away by poking fun and creating a lighthearted view of the situation. Whipped together with bouncy rhyme, award-winning poet Raven Howell, in conjunction with illustrator David Barrow, brings humorous life to the age-old adage of counting sheep.
The moon is shining brightly, and a young boy lies in his bed awake—the brightness of the moon keeps him awake. He decides to count sheep. However, he soon discovers that the sheep are entirely too noisy and energetic—they dump his toys, dive in his laundry, and play games wearing his underpants.
“They read my books out loud for fun—
“Sheep in a Jeep,” their favorite one.”
With his room now a giant mess, he decides that it might be best to count snails. The following evening, when he chooses to tally snails, he quickly discovers that it might be best to reckon the “noisy laundry-diving sheep” after all.
“Until the snails began to snore
Sleeping seemed to be a chore.”
The illustrations add comical life with the adorable little lambs (especially the ones in underpants) and the snails with their slimy trails covering the walls and his bed. The purply hues are just right for conveying the brightness of the night created by the glowing moon.
This picture book is a fun choice for a stress-free bedtime story! All readers, young and old, will surely relate to the young boy’s restless night of sleep.
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About the Author
Raven Howell is an award-winning children’s author and poet of nine picture books. She writes poetry for a variety of children’s magazines including Highlights, The School Magazine, Humpty Dumpty, and Cricket. Frequently sharing book presentations and writing workshops with children in schools and libraries, Raven also serves as Creative & Publishing Advisor with Red Clover Reader. Her family, long dawn hikes, being at the beach, and munching on warm butterscotch chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven are all sources of writing inspiration. Visit her website: www.ravenhowell.com.
About the Illustrator
David Barrow spent his happiest hours in the elementary school library. It was there he read books about famous people and learned how to draw. After working as a graphic designer, cameraman, and video editor, Barrow embarked on his lifelong dream of illustrating children’s books. David has illustrated nine books for Doodle and Peck Publishing.
Dedicated Reviews allow authors and illustrators to gain prompt visibility for their work. This non-biased review of Raven Howell’s “A Flock of Fun” was sponsored* by Doodle and Peck Publishing. Learn more about getting a book review …