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Pete the sheep-sheep /

The sheep-shearers in Shaggy Gully all have a sheep dog, but the new guy Shaun uses an extremely polite sheep named Pete. Full description

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Other Authors: Whatley, Bruce,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Clarion Books, 2005
Edition: First American edition.
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Shaun is the new sheep shearer in Shaggy Gully. Since shearing is such hard work, all the other shearers have sheep dogs to help them. But not Shaun. His partner is Pete . . . a sheep- sheep!

Pete has a polite way of rounding up his charges, and Shaun is an expert shearer. The sheep are thrilled with this unconventional new team, but the other shearers--Ratso, Big Bob, and Bungo--are not. Luckily, Pete has a few ideas under his hat that are sure to please everyone.

Bruce Whatley's spirited illustrations bring to life Jackie French's zany characters in this hilarious tribute to individuality and the working sheep.

Review by Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. In this Australian import, three sheep shearers, Ratso, Big Bob, and Bungo, are proud of their sheepdogs, but their coworker, Shaun, has a new idea about the way to herd. Pete, his sheep, very politely does the work, and then Shaun, an excellent shearer, gives them the cut. All the sheep love the duo, which angers Ratso, Big Bob, and Bungo, who give Shaun and Pete the boot. Shaun spends his time shearing Pete, and comes up with a hairstyle so divine, he opens a barbershop, specializing in sharp haircuts for sheep. Before long, the shop is so busy, Ratso, Big Bob, and Bungo join up as barbers. This is one extended joke, but the text is so jaunty and the artwork so amusing, it's hard to mind. Most of the fun in the ink-and-watercolor drawings comes from the expressions on the sheeps' faces--and, of course, their wild and wacky haircuts. Good for story hours. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2006 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Treating one?s foes as potential friends is a life lesson that?s put to practice in a tale of a shearer and his ?sheep-sheep.? Shaun is a no-nonsense simpleton who shrugs off his unusual choice of sheep herder: ?Pete?s as good as any sheep dog,? says Shaun. ?We just do things? differently.? The fiercely loyal Pete acts as a unique caricature of man?s best friend, speaking to his master in his own ?sheep talk,? for which the author provides endearing translations. When a trio of sheep shearers reject Pete?and Shaun as well?the now-unemployed Shaun finds a way to turn what he loves most into a livelihood that exhibits both his ingenuity and spirit. Whatley?s pencil drawings of Shaun?s Sheep Salon may well cause readers to laugh out loud, especially the images of sheep and sheep dogs donning curlers and ?pawing? through magazines as they wait for their wool to set. The author?s portrayal of an accepting Shaun does not waver, as he offers salon positions to the inevitably out-of-work shearers?at the forgiving Pete?s suggestion. French?s depiction of a world in which both man and beast are embraced by all, despite their differences, is an example to live by, no matter how old readers may be. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-All the sheep shearers at Shaggy Gully have sheep dogs with names like Brute, Tiny, and Fang. A new shearer, Shaun, arrives with a "sheep-sheep" named Pete, who rounds up the animals with polite requests and compliments. Soon the sheep will only respond to Pete, and allow only Shaun to shear them. When the other shearers insist that they must go, Shaun opens a salon in town, styling the sheep's wool in innovative ways. When Brute, Tiny, and Fang desert their owners to have their fur styled, the other shearers finally join the salon and spend their time styling animals of all shapes and sizes. The creators of Diary of a Wombat (Clarion, 2003) have produced a bit of harmless, silly fluff that, while mildly amusing, is hardly likely to inspire rereading. Whatley's watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations are clean and crisp and work nicely with the text, but there is simply not much substance here.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jackie French was born on November 29, 1953 in Sydney, Australia. She overcame dyslexia to write over 140 books for both children and adults. Her children's books include Diary of a Wombat, Christmas Wombat, Flood, and Fire. A Waltz for Matilda, published in 2016, won the Kids Reading Oz Choice (KROC) Award for fiction for years 7-9. She has also written 6 gardening books. She has received numerous awards including the 2000 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers and the UK Wow! Award for Hitler's Daughter, an Aurealis Award for Cafe on Callisto, and ACT Book of the Year for In the Blood. She was chosen to be the Australian National Children's Laureate for 2014-2015 and was named the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also won a 2015 Excellence Award and the Redmond Barry Award, which honors contributions to the library and information sector. In 2016, she and illustrator Peter Bray won the ACT Writing and Publishing Award in the children's book category for their book, Horace the Baker's Horse and she was given the Pixie O'Harris Award for service to Australian children's books given by the Australian Book Industry Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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