Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn is a great book about Chester the raccoon and his almost perfect sleepover. At first, I thought that it was about spending the night at another animals house but instead it was about spending the day and nap time at another house. All the animals were interesting and funny including the skunk who stinky poofs.
When Chester Raccoon is invited to an “overday” at his friend Pepper Opossum’s tree, he will be away from mother raccoon for the full day. She kisses his hand and closes it on her kiss as he is leaving. Chester joins all his friends for a day full of fun games and activities. When they all get tired, they go to Pepper’s tree and curl up in her hollow. All his friends fall asleep except for Chester. He remembers his mother’s Kissing Hand, but he still feels homesick and a tear escapes from his eye. When Pepper’s mom notices how sad he is, she enlists the help of Mrs. Rabbit to take Chester home. Once home and in his mother’s arms, he has not problem falling asleep across the hollow from his brother. Chester learns that it okay to be nervous when you experience new things and not to be afraid to ask for help. This is a great book to read to young children who might be nervous or scared about a new activity or to be leaving mom whether to go to a friend or relative’s house or even to school. The illustrations are adorable and the animals are so cute. I especially liked Sassafrass the skunk who kept “stinky puffing” when she was nervous, tired or giggling. This is also a good book about teaching tolerance for friends and those who might be different.
I received this ARC from Tanglewood Publishing and Tanglewood via NetGalley