Pajama Party

Pajama Party

by Amy Hest, Irene Trivas
     
 

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Eight-year-old best friends Casey, Jenny, and Kate are having a pajama party and plan to have loads of fun until midnight. But when Casey starts telling one of her special scary stories, Kate suddenly wants to go home. "Captures eight-year-olds on overnights to a tee....A star-studded choice for the chapter-book crowd."—Booklist.

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Eight-year-old best friends Casey, Jenny, and Kate are having a pajama party and plan to have loads of fun until midnight. But when Casey starts telling one of her special scary stories, Kate suddenly wants to go home. "Captures eight-year-olds on overnights to a tee....A star-studded choice for the chapter-book crowd."—Booklist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a bouncy, first-person narrative, eight-year-old Casey tells of her older sister's ``bad and boring'' pajama party, at which she and her guests did nothing but eat junk food, listen to loud music and spray perfume. Disgusted, Casey sells her two best friends on the idea of a ``three-girl'' pajama party. The evening is quite jolly, though observant youngsters will realize that the agenda (which includes consuming large quantities of chocolate chip cookies and dancing to records) bears a strong resemblance to the teenagers' soiree. Though Casey is nonplussed when one of her friends becomes homesick and the affair turns into a ``two-girl'' party, all ends happily. With its short chapters, substantial print size and vibrant pictures, Hest's ( The Midnight Eaters ; The Purple Coat ) and Trivas's ( Emma's Christmas ; the Fourth Floor Twins series) rewarding collaboration is a prime choice for reluctant readers. Ages 7-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- A slight but pleasant beginning chapter book. When a big sister turns 13 and is the hostess of a pajama party to which her little sister is not invited, what is little sister's next move? Why, to plan a sleepover of her own, naturally. Eight-year-old Casey, who narrates, draws up elaborate plans, rules, and instructions for this premiere late-night adventure with her friends, Jenny and Kate. Unfortunately, the three-girl fiesta is less than successful. Kate, away from home overnight for the first time, is overcome by homesickness and must be rescued by her mother. Next morning, the party pooper reappears with breakfast treats from the deli, and all ends amiably. Illustrated with cheerful watercolors by an artist who truly understands children, this story should be popular with young readers. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688129491
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
6.19(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet the Author

In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in a small suburban community about an hour from New York City. My favorite things were biking, reading, and spying. I spied on everyone, and still do. Coffee shops, I find, make an excellent backdrop for this particular activity. I may look like I'm minding my own business, sipping coffee, eating a cheese Danish, but in fact I am really doing spy work. Listening to conversations at the tables nearby. Watching to see who is saying what to whom. I am amazingly discreet for someone who never went to spy school. As I pick up bits and pieces of true life stories, I quietly weave in my own ideas, creating new stories with my very own endings. Spy work is a lot of fun.

"My parents took me to the city often. I loved the commotion and whirl on the streets and the screeching subway underground. I loved the hot dogs and crunchy doughnuts at Chock Full 0' Nuts, and the way mustard came on a tiny rippled paper. By the time I was seven, I was certain of one thing: that I would one day live in New York. Many years later, after graduating from library school, I moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and I live here still, with my husband and two children, Sam and Kate.

"I was a lucky child, really. I was so close with my grandparents, it was as if I had two sets of parents all the time I was growing up. They lived in New York but came out to our house on weekends. Fridays, Nana cooked up a storm and arrived laden with shopping bags filled with homemade Jewish delicacies. She lit Sabbath candles and told wonderful family stories. I was privy to the best gossip.

"Grampa and I played checkers. We took earlymorning walks. My goal: to get out of the house before my brother woke up, to be alone for once with Grampa. Destination: hot chocolate and a buttered roll.

"I suppose I have to tell the truth about the kind of child I was. The best word to describe me: boring. I never once did anything extraordinarily wonderful or extraordinarily terrible. I knew in my heart I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, but there was this nasty little voice in the back of my head, and it was laughing at me. "You must be kidding, Amy! Why in the world would anyone want to read what you write? Remember who you are: the most boring person in the universe. Nothing ever happens to you. What nerve you have, thinking you can do something wonderful and clever like write."

"I worked for several years as a children's librarian and, later, in the children's book departments of several major publishing houses. I had a lot of good jobs. I had a secret, too. I wanted to write. And what I wanted to write, always, was children's books. it took me a long time to get over a kind of fear of writing, to start to believe I could do it. it took me a long time to realize all those boring days of my childhood may not have been so empty after all.

"My books are about real people-often people in my own family, with new names hut familiar personality traits. The setting is more often than not New York City. Family, home. Running themes in my life, and in my stories, too."

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