Howard, Martin The Flock Factor (Shawn the Sheets: Tales from Mossy Bottom Farm) 78 pgs. Candlewick, 2014. $5.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G CHAPTER BOOK
When Farmer enters a talent show it inspires the Sheep to go
head to head with the chickens in their own barnyard talent show. At first
things are not going well for Shaun and his friends, but they find a hidden
talent with Shirley and know they can win. When the big day arrives, things
couldn’t go worse and it will be up to Shaun to figure out how to bring Sheep
to the victory.
I have to be brutally honest here, reading this book is exactly
what I would imagine being a child on an after Halloween candy binge and having
ADHD would feel like. Its all over the place and frenetic, which probably
mirrors the TV show its based on, perfect for entertaining. My biggest issue is
actually the vocabulary, its really not geared well to 1st and 2nd
graders, who would be the biggest audience for this read. Boom Box, Fez,
harrumphed, rummage sales; these are just some of many examples of off the wall
and not well chosen words and concepts.
EL(K-3) –NOT RECOMMENDED Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School
Librarian & Author.