Mother Goose's Pajama Party

Mother Goose's Pajama Party


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Star light, star bright, come to story time tonight.
You’re invited to a magical pajama party with all your nursery rhyme friends! Join Little Bo-Peep, Georgie Porgie, Miss Muffet, the cow that jumped over the moon, and all their pals as they march merrily toward Mother Goose’s house for a cozy slumber party full of stories. And after they are all tucked in, continue to the back of the book and find a special section with your favorite nursery rhymes.

"Children will be eager to attend this magical slumber party."—School Library Journal

"Allyn’s digitally created illustrations have the warmth of acrylic paintings, and she gives her ethnically diverse young cast round faces, gleaming eyes, and fuzzy heads of hair. The atmosphere is definitely slumber party cozy, especially after the children settle down to hear Mother Goose read stories from her 'famous book.'"—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553497564
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,240,332
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

DANNA SMITH is the author of the picture books Mother Goose's Pajama Party, The Hawk of the Castle, and Swalllow the Leader. Born in Salt Lake City, Danna is currently a full-time writer and dreamer living in Northern California with her husband, their two grown children, and their cocker spaniel, Peanut. Learn more about her books at

VIRGINIA ALLYN works above a chocolate shop in New Hampshire. She is the illustrator of Mother Goose's Pajama PartyNight Night, Train, and Night Night, Farm. See more of her work online at

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Mother Goose's Pajama Party 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
PAwriter4kids More than 1 year ago
The colorful illustrations pulled me in and I paged through this book once without reading the text. Featuring a multicultural--and multispecies--cast, the opening double page spread with Mother Goose's invitation written in the stars perfectly captures the magical feeling that makes the story work. Can the moon talk? Of course it can! Can animals talk to people? Of course! The gorgeous harlequin pattern from the endpapers is carried throughout on rugs in everyone's houses. The three blind mice One tiny detail that stopped me--Miss Muffet runs "to pick a bright bouquet" but I didn't see her flowers in the illustrations. Maybe that's why she looks grumpy in the following spread? The author's lively rhyming text introduces each character and leads them across this fairy tale world to a cozy bed. (Actually sleeping at a pajama party is one element that may not ring true, lol!) Perhaps having some prior knowledge of the traditional rhymes would enhance a reader's understanding and enjoyment. But if this is your first exposure to them, the author includes the fifteen rhymes that contain the characters as the last eight pages of this forty page book. (I honestly didn't remember Jack-a-Dandy.) Note: I received an advance review copy in exchange for my honest review.
CBrownTX More than 1 year ago
When I grew up, Nursery Rhymes were a huge part of my very first reading encounters. This book is a great excuse to bring back the forgotten tales that do not always get passed on to children in current times. I think it would be more meaningful to start with the original tales before walking children through this unique story involving a full cast of nursery rhyme characters. (About 16!) Little did I know that each original tale would be included in the back matter of the book. Brilliant! Personally, I would start there first, and allow children to get to know the characters before moving on to the tale of the pajama party. It will make the story more meaningful and allow the child to make text to text connections and comparisons. The illustrations are enchanting. I especially love the page featuring all of the characters walking to the party. Then, the contrast and white space in the black and white crooked mile. (I’ll call it Alice in Wonderland-esque.) Characteristic of the original nursery rhymes, Mother Goose’s Pajama Party is told is rhyme, as well. I would definitely recommend this as a wonderful addition to every bedroom and pre-k/kindergarten classroom.
readinggal101 More than 1 year ago
This delightful rhyming picture book is a reading treat filled with action, adorable illustrations, and the story-behind-the-story of well-loved nursery rhymes. A fun read aloud, too!
Jeannemm More than 1 year ago
This book is a two-for-one. Not only is it a sweet story told in rollicking verse that cleverly features characters from popular Mother Goose rhymes. But, at the end, after all the characters are tucked into bed, we get to read the Mother Goose rhymes themselves. Even if a child doesn't recognize the characters in the story the first time, by the time the book is finished every character and every detail will have a context. The illustrations are lively and fanciful – just what is wanted for both the story and the Mother Goose rhymes. I'm certain this book will be read over and over again.