________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 15 . . . . March 29, 2002

cover The Sleepover Book.

Margot Griffin. Illustrated by Jane Kurisu.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2001.
144 pp., pbk., $14.95.
ISBN 1-55074-522-0.

Subject Heading:
Sleepovers-Juvenile literature.

Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12.

Review by Meredith MacKeen.

*** /4

exerpt:

What's even more fun than a sleepover? A theme party sleepover! Begin with invitations that hint at the fun to come. Attract aspiring performers to your Video Party with an audition invitation. A registration form for Camp N.B.A. (No Boys Allowed) will have your favorite campers signing up. Keep your decorations simple. Sprinkle star confetti on a blue tablecloth to create the mood for a One Magic Night party. Set the stage for a '60's Sleep in with flowers or peace posters. Games and activities keep your theme going......

Sleeping beauties' spa

Decorations:

  • Put the name of your spa on a big sign on the front door.
  • Choose to decorate a room with lots of electrical outlets and near a bathroom for your spa.
  • Cover card tables with plastic clothes for spa stations for facials, manicures, pedicures and hair play.
inside art

The Sleepover Book is a manual for planning a sleepover party for girls aged 9 to 12. Suggestions begin with preparty planning and continue through theme possibilities, games, and things to do, such as beauty fun and crafts. The book ends with a series of recipes for dinner with items such as nachos, chili pasta, pizza cakes, desserts, or breakfasts, including smoothies and wraps. The information is well presented with lots of headings, boxes, a table of contents and index so that readers looking for specific games or food by name should be able to locate what they are looking for. The recipes are written both in metric and American measures and are simple enough that most 10-year-olds should be able to succeed. The illustrations are cartoon like in blues, grays and yellows and will appeal to the intended audience. The Sleepover Book is a very complete review of sleepovers, and, once girls have permission, they should be able to independently plan their own party as lots of lists with check offs are provided. Libraries needing party planners will find this book a useful addition for the pre-teenagers.

Recommended.

Meredith MacKeen is a teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart School in Stratford, P.E.I.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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