Not All Sheep Are Boring!

by Bobby Moynihan (Author) Julie Rowan-Zoch (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A slyly hilarious bedtime picture book by Saturday Night Live actor Bobby Moynihan.

Everyone knows that sheep are boring. That's why people count them to fall asleep. Right? Don't be so sure... Actor Bobby Moynihan's (SNL) debut picture book proves sheep are anything but snoozeworthy, introducing a cast of the weirdest, wackiest, funniest sheep you've ever seen. From riding jetpacks to prancing on the moon, it's safe to say these might be the LEAST boring sheep you've ever encountered. Julie Rowan-Zoch's lovably goofy artwork pairs with a breathlessly silly text to make this the perfect read-aloud--but don't be surprised if the giggles keep you up long past bedtime!

Publishers Weekly

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. (Sept.)

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Bobby Moynihan
Bobby Moynihan is best known for his nearly ten years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He has voiced characters on Disney's DuckTales and We Bare Bears, in addition to many other roles, and portrayed Jayden Kwapis on the sitcom Mr. Mayor. He is also the creator, executive producer, director, writer, and star of Loafy. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @bibbymoynihan.

Julie Rowan-Zoch grew up collecting freckles and chasing hermit crabs in New York, and spent years slicing rich breads in Germany before waking up to 300 days of blue Colorado skies. She is the author of I'm a Hare, So There! and the illustrator of Louis by Tom Lichtenheld. Follow Julie on Twitter @JulieRowanZoch and on Instagram @jrzoch.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002090 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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