Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes

And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

From best-selling author Brian P. Cleary, Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes is a real mouthful! Presenting readers with twenty-four challenging and hilarious tongue twisters, Cleary’s inventive sentences and Steve Mack’s appealing art will leave readers tongue-tied―and laughing through their teeth.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Nonfiction—Humor
BISACS JNF028020, JNF021070
Dewey 398.8
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10.25
Guided Reading Level L
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Steve Mack

Steve Mack is a children's book and greeting card illustrator. He lives in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife and two children.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2012
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2011


The Horn Book Guide

“A pleased penguin takes a shower as ‘The water in Flo’s Inn flows in frozen.’ A Christmas elf faces down a menacing dog: ‘Sammy stammered as he told the stray in the sleigh to stay.’ Brightly colored, bold-hued pictures add clarity and humor. An appended ‘Make Your Own Tongue Twister’ page helpfully provides letter combinations that ‘can be particularly difficult to pronounce.’” —The Horn Book Guide

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Tongue twisters constitute one of the few challenges in which failure is as much fun as accomplishment, and here Cleary offers two dozen originals that should reduce the most eloquent youngster to a state of giggling babble. . . Surely there’s a phonics lesson in here somewhere.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“Anyone who struggles with Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks (1965) will enjoy these silly sentences that simply must be read out loud…. Colorful, stylized illustrations feature human and animal characters, and each image and sentence form a discrete package, one to a page or to a spread.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who take this on should prepare their tongues for a wicked tangling…and their stomach muscles for a workout…. Not for the faint of heart; tongues should really be limbered up before tackling these.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“This high-energy collection of pleasantly rhythmic tongue twisters features a screwball cast of cartoon animals rendered in digital collages. . . . An appended guide provides tips for creating effective tongue twisters―something readers are likely to try out once they master the satisfying sounds of these silly, slippery, serpentine selections.” —Publishers Weekly