Sneaky Sheep

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Blossom and Rocky are sheep—very sneaky sheep. And they are not very good decision makers. Poor Murphy, the sheep dog, has rescued them from many adventures, like cliff diving and sunbathing on the railroad tracks. And then there was the unfortunate incident with the knitters… But Rocky and Blossom are always looking for greener grass, and there’s no telling what they’ll try next.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002090, JUV019000, JUV001000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 490
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 2.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 137371
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an award-winning author, illustrator and cartoonist. Her picture books include Sneaky Sheep, Bug On a Bike and the Monkey With a Tool Belt series, which inspired the Netflix show Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Chris is also the author and illustrator of the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2010


The Horn Book Guide

“All sorts of sheep-related dangers—from steep cliffs to wool-crazed knitters—are humorously rendered in illustrations that make effective use of white space and dialogue bubbles.” —The Horn Book Guide


“The irascible duo is tons of fun to follow across the pages; Monroe even blasts them through panel borders to illustrate just how ‘incredibly sneaky’ they are. Ultimately, a dark forest, a hungry wolf, and a steep cliff figure into their comeuppance—though a final page suggests this won’t be their last dubious deed. Monroe’s comic timing is positively Mo Willems–esque.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Monroe’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are entertaining: kids will enjoy following Rocky and Blossom’s antics both in and out of panels. And who knew that sheep eyes, simply circles and dots, could say so much? Even though they can’t be trusted to stay where they belong, be sure to make a place on the library shelves for these rebels.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Rocky and Blossom’s wide googly eyes exude mischievousness, especially compared to the wedged snout of the vicious wolf who chases them to a cliff’s edge in the story’s climax. Both the text and artwork celebrate disobedience, and those looking for a cautionary tale should look elsewhere: the ending hints that some habits (especially bad ones) die hard. Luckily, the same isn’t true of Rocky and Blossom.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“The silly antics will tickle young readers, who will want to visit with these daring sheep again and again. Fun for all.” —Kirkus Reviews