Franklin Has a Sleepover.
Paulette Bourgeois. Ilustrated by Brenda Clark.
Preschool - grade 1 / Ages 3 - 6.
When Franklin and Bear were ready for bed, Franklin's parents gave them both a glass of water and a good-night hug.
"Sleep tight," they said, turning off the light.
The two friends lay still for a moment. Then Bear turned on his flashlight.
"Franklin?" he whispered. "I don't feel good."
FRANKLIN, THE BEST-SELLING TURTLE, stars in his twelfth picture book. He invites his friend bear for a sleep-over and is really excited. Franklin tidies his room while Bear packs his bag and tucks his stuffed bunny on top. The two decide to camp in the living room and have great fun until its time to go to sleep. Suddenly Bear is homesick, until Franklin thinks of a solution to Bear's problem.
As usual, the homy details -- like bug porridge and a wooden-log phone -- in the lumpy terrapin's life are well realised in Clark's watercolours. This new adventure is as gentle as the earlier stories, but not as humorous as Franklin Fibs (1991) or Franklin in the Dark (1986).
Other sleep-over stories, like Arthur's First Sleepover: An Arthur Adventure by Marc Brown (Little Brown, 1994) or Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber (Houghton Mifflin, 1972) develop this new experience more fully and have more interesting characters and plots. But this new Franklin story will be popular and will be enjoyed at home and at story times.
Lorraine Douglas is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public Library, and has appeared as Franklin at a number of library programs. (And she's very glad she doesn't have to wear his fun-fur suit all the time!).
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