The Three Billy Goats Gruff reminded me of these illustrations I did for Frances Watts’ book The Middle Sheep. It was one of the books I most enjoyed illustrating. I’m not a middle animal, but I’m one of three siblings. Possibly not as cute as I should have been. Ha ha!
Here are some of the sibling animals who featured in the book.
Sibling snails: sensible big sibling snail, cute little sibling snail and poor, overlooked middle snail.
sibling mice: some siblings are too disgustingly cute.
sibling goldfish: it’s not easy being the middle of seven sibling goldfish.
Maud’s sensible big sister Doris
Maud’s cute little sister Mavis (here pictured on Nanna Gail and Pa Ray’s front doorstep)
Here’s Maud, in a spat with Ernie. A Middle Sheep can get very frustrated.
Middle Animal Superhero Sidekick tryouts, run by Maud
Cover art for The Middle Sheep
The Middle Sheep is suitable for the six to nine-year-old age group (give or take a birthday) and can be purchased online here or here or ordered in by your favourite local bookseller.
Awesome Judy, just ordered a copy. You know how much I love your illustrations and as we have 2’middles’ in our family it will be perfect for us!!
Oh thanks Nicky. You’re a sweetheart. I hope your little middles enjoy it. I think they are just the right age. If you send me your address I can post you a couple of Ernie & Maud paper bookmark superhero masks. The Middle Sheep is book 2 in a series of 4 but they don’t need to be read as a series. J x
I agree – awesome, Judy! These still crack me up…
Fearless Frances, the goldfish and the snails crack me up every time. Poor, cross little middles. :)