Originally published as "The Green Sheep"
Winner of the children's category of the Rubery Book Awards 2015
About the story
When an alien sheep mysteriously appears in a local field, Tom offers to help. But it's not easy to hide a sheep – especially one that's green, bleats backwards and duplicates itself every time it goes to sleep.
Soon Tom's problems are multiplying as fast as the sheep. With the army closing in and the increasingly large flock looking to him for protection, can Tom help the woolly aliens escape from Earth before they are captured?
Rubery Book Award judges
Just as good as the David Wailliams books!
I read this with my eight year-old grandson. It made him laugh out loud, and he didn't want me to stop.
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About writing the book
The idea for this story was triggered by an old Chinese tale about a ruler who demands enough rice to cover a chessboard - 1 grain on the first square, 2 on the second, 4 on the third and so on. The numbers grow at an amazing speed so I decided to use the same doubling issue in a totally different story.
In the process, I created some of my favourite characters. It was such fun writing dialogue for the sheep that I almost didn't want the story to end.