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Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep!

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The artwork for this front cover of Simpson’s Sheep Just Want to Sleep!, by author/illustrator Bruce Arant, is rendered in chalk pastel, conte’ and colored pencil on Canson pastel paper, as are all of the book’s interior illustrations. Published by Peter Pauper Press (2017), the book is a sequel to Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go to Sleep! (Peter Pauper Press 2013). Lighter toned pastel papers were used for this book, to provide a vibrant, sunny, daytime feel.

Front Cover for Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep! by Bruce Arant

Bruce Arant

illustration of The sheep still sleep with eyes shut tight.  The morning sun is hot and bright.  They look like blobs of fleecy custard.  Simpson's feeling sad and flustered.   

From: Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep!
illustration of Farmer Simpson sleeps all night, in comfy blankets, cuddled tight.  He lies in bed and softly snores, while dreaming dreams of doing chores.
illustration of His clucking chickens stretch their legs and proudly show off newborn eggs.
illustration of Excerpt of morning barnyard scene from Simpson's Sheep Just Want to Sleep!
illustration of But just before he starts his chores, he hears the rumbly sound of snores.  The noise comes from his flock of sheep, out in the meadow, sound asleep.
illustration of
illustration of Then suddenly a thought appears, inside his head, between his ears.
illustration of He took that pup into his arms and asked,
illustration of She tiptoed gently to the flock, as softly as her paws could walk.
illustration of When friends are stubborn and won't budge, they might need just a gentle nudge.
illustration of Farmer Simpson, watching his sheep in the meadow.
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