Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtimeby Myra Wolfe, Maria Monescillo (Illustrator)
If only bedtime could walk the plank!
Charlotte Jane the Hearty gets all the juice out of her days with pirate-girl pizzazz! She loves swashbuckling sessions, treasure hunts, and Fantastic Feats of Daring—all of which prove she has formidable oomph. There’s absolutely no room in her day for bedtime. But can Charlotte Jane refuse to snooze and/i>
If only bedtime could walk the plank!
Charlotte Jane the Hearty gets all the juice out of her days with pirate-girl pizzazz! She loves swashbuckling sessions, treasure hunts, and Fantastic Feats of Daring—all of which prove she has formidable oomph. There’s absolutely no room in her day for bedtime. But can Charlotte Jane refuse to snooze and still be her hearty pirate self?
"Monescillo's detailed and gently textured watercolors are full of insouciant pirate energy (Charlotte Jane's bravado is matched by that of her surly teddy bear, who wears an eye patch), and Wolfe's text has as much charm and verve as her heroine."—Publishers Weekly
"[This] bedtime story is satisfying, and casting a little girl as a pirate is downright refreshing."—Kirkus Reviews
"The use of dialogue and strong vocabulary results in a well-paced story that flows elegantly from beginning to end. The whimsical watercolor illustrations–accompanied by digitally created textures to add depth–are captivating, and perfectly complement the text. A generous helping of humorously entertaining pirate speak makes this an enjoyable choice for readers and listeners alike."—School Library Journal
In a pirate/bedtime-story mash-up, a little girl resists sleeping until she realizes that some shut-eye will restore her "formidable oomph."
Throughout the story, Monescillo's digitally enhanced watercolors present a contemporary setting in which this family just happens to live a pirate's life. Charlotte Jane relishes "swashbuckling sessions, treasure hunts, and Fantastic Feats of Daring." Although she may be "finer than a ship full of jewels," though, Charlotte Jane refuses to sleep. Her parents urge her to rest, but, curiously, they leave her to her own devices, and then "one dark night she didn't go to bed at all." The next spread shows her bleary-eyed and whispering "Victory!" at sunrise. Alas, the triumph is short lived once she realizes that exhaustion won't let her go about her usual activities, and she announces, "Arr...My oomph's weighed anchor." She and her parents hunt for it as though searching for buried treasure, until Charlotte Jane spies her featherbed and acquiesces, waking rejuvenated from "hearty dreams" at book's end.
While references to "juicy" living seem a bit cutesy and out of step with the pirate theme, the bedtime story is satisfying, and casting a little girl as a pirate is downright refreshing. (Picture book. 3-6)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Myra Wolfe is a debut picture-book author. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
Maria Monescillo has worked as an animator and children's book illustrator in her native Spain, where she lives with her husband and baby daughter. Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime! is her first book for the U.S. market.
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This is definitely one of my favorite kids books! Charolette Jane is a daring, spunky girl that kids of any gender would LOVE to hang out with. Her adventure battling bedtime leads her to discover the importance of her dreams and how they are an indispensable part of who she is. It's always a joy to share this book with the children in my life :)