cover image Not All Sheep Are Boring!

Not All Sheep Are Boring!

Bobby Moynihan, illus. by Julie Rowan-Zoch. Putnam, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-40703-5

Sheep are more than just numbers (or are they?), hints SNL alum Moynihan with this sly debut, a series of sheep profiles that seek to prove the titular conceit. First up is Alice, clad in a jet pack and a helmet: “Alice is smart/ AND cool. See?!/ A sheep with a jet pack?!?/ Alice is NOT boring!” There’s also coffee-loving Julie, pickle aficionado Mike H., and Quinn, who “enjoys a slight wind/ and also standing.” As the list goes on, the sheep seem increasingly humanlike—culminating with Jessica, who “used to date Gary.” By the end, even the frog that appears in each spread has grown weary, conceding that sheep Steve is indeed “a little boring... very boring... EXTREMELY boring,” and dropping off to sleep. The humor on display here might be beyond kid readers, but Rowan-Zoch creates a fluffy mutton cast with amusing mannerisms and accoutrements for an effect that’s decidedly not boring. Ages 4–8. [em](Sept.) [/em]