Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
  Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Steve Mack
Millbrook Press / Lerner
  kindergarten to grade 4
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book
Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters

From best-selling author Brian P. Cleary, Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes is a real mouthful! Presenting readers with twenty-four challenging and hilarious tongue twisters, Cleary’s inventive sentences and Steve Mack’s appealing art will leave readers tongue-tied―and laughing through their teeth.

Awards and Recognition

Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books


“A pleased penguin takes a shower as ‘The water in Flo’s Inn flows in frozen.’ A Christmas elf faces down a menacing dog: ‘Sammy stammered as he told the stray in the sleigh to stay.’ Brightly colored, bold-hued pictures add clarity and humor. An appended ‘Make Your Own Tongue Twister’ page helpfully provides letter combinations that ‘can be particularly difficult to pronounce.’” (The Horn Book Guide)

“Tongue twisters constitute one of the few challenges in which failure is as much fun as accomplishment, and here Cleary offers two dozen originals that should reduce the most eloquent youngster to a state of giggling babble … Surely there’s a phonics lesson in here somewhere.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

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