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Iris and Walter: The Sleepover
     

Iris and Walter: The Sleepover

by Elissa Haden Guest, Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
 

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Iris is so excited about her first sleepover at her best friend Walter's house. They will put on a puppet show. They will ride Walter's horse, Rain, in their pajamas. They will stay up very, very late. But on the night of the sleepover, not everything goes as planned. Luckily, having a best friend like Walter helps make a hard decision a little bit easier.

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Iris is so excited about her first sleepover at her best friend Walter's house. They will put on a puppet show. They will ride Walter's horse, Rain, in their pajamas. They will stay up very, very late. But on the night of the sleepover, not everything goes as planned. Luckily, having a best friend like Walter helps make a hard decision a little bit easier.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the stars' fourth title, excitement turns to skittishness as Iris prepares for a sleepover at Walter's house. When she decides to come home in the middle of the night, Iris gets a big welcome from her family. Ages 6-9. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Sometimes a small journey can loom large in a child's mind. In Iris and Walter: The Sleepover, Iris is excited about spending the night at her best friend's house. She and Walter will put on a puppet show, eat cookies and stay up very, very late. With compassion and humor, author Elissa Haden Guest explores Iris's feelings of ambivalence and homesickness when the big night arrives and shows Walter being an understanding buddy. The book ends on a satisfying note for young readers, with Iris returned to her own bed and planning a future sleepover. Christine Davenier's expressive watercolors beautifully convey the children's friendship. 2002, Harcourt,
— Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this splendid entry in the easy-reader series, Iris eagerly plans a sleepover at her friend Walter's house, where they will put on a puppet show, ride Walter's horse in their pajamas, and camp out on the front porch. At school some friends share her enthusiasm about sleepovers, but Benny casts a shadow with his story of leaving his cousin's house in the middle of the night because, "I missed my pillow." Undaunted, Iris packs and says her good-byes and has a wonderful time at Walter's house. But then her homesickness becomes unbearable when her friend falls asleep before she does. She wakes him, and Walter and his father drive her home to the loving arms of her family. As in earlier titles, Iris's exuberance is reflected in Guest's text as well as in Davenier's pen-and-ink and watercolor-wash illustrations that nearly lift the child off the page. Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship, and bask in the reassuring love and support they receive from their families.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Best friends Iris and Walter eagerly look forward to their first sleepover. Iris has grand plans for the big night. When she shares her exciting news with her schoolmates, Iris blithely disregards cautionary tales of woe, determined that her first sleepover will not be marred by homesickness. Yet, when all the fun is done and it is time to settle down to sleep, Iris discovers that she misses the familiar comforts of home. An urgent whisper in Walter's ear soon has Iris back within the warm embrace of her family. Guest has perfectly captured that unique moment in child development when a little one is precariously balanced on that fragile cusp between parent-dependent young childhood and the more emancipated older child. Everyone's easy acceptance of Iris's change of heart offers her all the support she needs; she goes to sleep in her own bed, confident that when the time comes, she will be ready to try another sleepover. Separated into four chapters, this is a manageable tale for beginning readers ready to move beyond simplistic chapter books. Davenier's bright pen-and-ink illustrations capture the ebullience of Iris as she prances about in a frenzy of anticipation for the big event. Artful, haphazardly colored-in, and loosely drawn images convey an energy and vibrancy to the pictures. Readers will welcome this latest installment in the true-to-life stories of these charming friends. (Easy reader. 5-7)
From the Publisher

"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves." --The Bulletin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152164874
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Iris And Walter
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
350L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author


ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the author of the books in the award-winning Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER has illustrated many popular children's books, including the previous Iris and Walter titles and The First Thing My Mama Told Me, written by Susan Marie Swanson. She lives in Paris.

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