- Book Style: Bed time story book for kids
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Cartoon, simple, dreamy
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: K.E. Edwards
- Author’s Page: K.E. Edwards
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon eBook – $2.03 USD – Amazon Paperback – $7.95 USD
- Social Media Links: N/A
Sheep Dreams: A Bedtime Story is a cute story book for kids heading off to bed. The story reads like a poem and features a little girl who can’t fall asleep. As she tosses and turns, she remembers her grandma telling her to count sheep. As she tries this, she finds out the sheep are out and about, and therefore has to set out on a journey to find all ten of them. We follow her as she finds them among the stars, on race tracks, in the circus, at a zoo, and many other (fun and exciting) places. In the end, our little protagonist is much too tired to do anything and dozes off.
I think my favorite thing about this book is simply how it’s written. Each page is a two verse poem and each verse contains at least one rhyme. It makes the reading (as a parent) extremely easy and almost song-like. If you’ve read a few of our reviews here on kidsfunchannel.com, you know how we feel about this in children’s books and you know that we recognize it as a big plus when it comes to your child’s retention. This book executes rhyming and rhythm in an almost perfect way and that’s due to how our author, K.E. Edwards, has written the book as a poem.
It’s hard to talk about this book without discussing the story itself. I don’t usually talk about the story in the review, but what I will say is that I love the twist on a classic idea. Counting sheep is nothing new, but Sheep Dreams takes that idea and turns it on its head. Instead of simply counting sheep as they hop over a fence, we must first find them in a multitude of places and only then can we count them. What’s more is the sheep are counted within the story instead of it simply being a count when they jump the fence. It’s a twist that I like and I think you’ll appreciate.
Now, seeing as we review a lot of “indie” books around here, we have seen many books with a few spelling and/or grammatical errors. This is definitely not the case with K.E. Edwards, who clearly brings a level of professionalism to her book. This is something I’m a stickler for, and I love the execution here.
At the top of the article, I always give a few words to describe the illustrations. I’ve used the word dreamy and I think that’s especially important for this book. Each illustration gives you a sense of being within a dream, and that of course lines up with the whole point of the book (to put your little one to sleep). Again, the professionalism of our author shines through as she has clearly lined up the illustration style with the book’s story and it’s intent.
Another thing to point out are the sheep. You’ll see what I mean below (but I’ll describe it anyways). Each sheep is unique and interesting to look at. Each one is doing something entirely different and each one has a great name. My little guy instantly picked his favorite (Aries, of course) and told me all about his story. He also told me all about Ian the next day as the cool sheep in the sports car. Again, this tells me that my child is retaining information and learning from the story which is what reading is all about.
K.E. Edwards has built an incredibly professional story book here and what’s even better is she’s done it with some incredible talent. She’s created a poem-based story that rhymes and provides a rhythm for the reader. The characters are cute and interesting and each one is doing something that you can talk to your child about. All this is to say that it’s pretty easy for us to recommend and ebook that only costs $2.03 USD on Amazon (or a paperback for $7.95). Head over and pick up this great bedtime story book for kids.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!