Children’s Book Review: Wild Bios: William Sheepspeare and Amelia Harehart

children's board book with a sheep disguised as William Shakespeare

WILD BIOS: WILLIAM SHEEPSPEARE

By: Courtney Acampora and Maggie Fischer

Illustrated by: Benedetta Capriotti

Published: April 9, 2019

Publisher: Silver Dolphin

Non-Fiction/Board Book


Introduce your youngest readers to the creator of plays and much of our language with a hilarious twist. Children learn that William “Sheepspeare” was a poet and playwright and then became an actor in London.

Page from William Sheepspeare showing sheep acting out various Shakespeare plays

Children learn all about his plays and how the theatre worked during that part of our history including only “rams” being allowed to perform and no “ewes”. The sheep puns are hilarious and will get kids giggling and maybe even asking what the real titles of plays like “Taming of the Ewe” or Ram-eo and Juliet”.

I had forgotten myself how much of an influence on our language that William Shakespeare had. It may get your kids interested in using bigger and more colorful, descriptive words.

This whole Wild Bios series is so awesome for kids and the writing is great for parents and kids. The illustrations are vibrant to keep younger kids interested and the animals take on their human roles well.

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To see my review of WILD BIOS: FRIDO CATLO, click HERE.


cover had a rabbit dressed as Amelia Earhart

WILD BIOS: AMELIA HAREHART

By: Courtney Acampora and Maggie Fischer

Illustrated by: Bonnie Pang

Published: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Silver Dolphin

Non-Fiction/Board Book


Inspire your young children to dream big. Amelia Harehart grew up in Kansas and was always very active and loved adventures. She even tried building her own roller coaster in their backyard.

After being a nurse for the military she learned to fly and bought her very first plane. Her sister and mother were so proud.

Obviously, we know that Amelia’s life ends much too soon, but the author offers a positive message about taking risks and all she did for women and advancing female pilots.

Of course, the same witty puns are used throughout the book. The creative illustrations show that Amelia was happy and loved what she was doing which will also reassure kids that she thoroughly enjoyed her life.

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I will be linking up this review on Booking Mama’s regular Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. This is a place for bloggers to share posts related to children’s and YA books. You will find spotlights, reviews, and sometimes even giveaways by clicking HERE, every Saturday.

Check out my review of Courtney Acampora’s book: ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE – THE HUMAN BODY

Thanks to the publisher for sending these books for the purpose of this review. If you choose to purchase these books through the above links, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase.

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