The Book with the Title I Can’t Pronounce

By Carol Hinz
Editorial Director, Millbrook Press

As part of my job, I give presentations from time to time. I presented Millbrook’s Spring 2011 list first back at our launch meeting, then at our sales conference last July, and finally at our librarian preview webcast. I practiced and practiced, but one book title always seemed to get the best of me. The title has five words, all of which are just one syllable. So, what’s the problem? Those five words are: Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes.

Dear reader, you please try to say this aloud. Or preferably five times fast. This title belongs to Brian P. Cleary’s newest book, which just happens to be a collection of tongue twisters.


Along with Brian’s goofy—and truly challenging—tongue twisters, the book features the totally adorable art of Steve Mack.

The fact that it’s a book of tongue twisters gets me off the hook pronunciation-wise, though really you’d think that with all that practicing I’d have nailed it by now.