Chester Raccoon And The Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey PennChester Raccoon And The Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn

Chester Raccoon And The Almost Perfect Sleepover

byAudrey PennIllustratorBarbara Leonard Gibson

Hardcover | May 26, 2017

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'Are we almost there?' Chester Raccoon asked his mother. Chester is excited about going to his very first sleepover. After his mother drops him off at Pepper Opossum's house with a Kissing Hand in his palm, Chester and his animal friends have a long day of playing games and eating snacks. But when the animals decide to bed down, Chester can't go to sleep. While his Kissing Hand has kept him from getting scared, he isn't in his own bedroom, and he misses his family. When Chester returns home, Mrs. Raccoon welcomes her little cub and reassures him that his home is always there when he needs it.Young readers will enjoy reading about the party fun and take comfort when Chester finds himself in a situation they can relate to.
Audrey Penn is the author of theNew York Times bestseller,The Kissing Hand, and other Chester Raccoon books, in addition to the Blackbeard series. She lives in Durham, NC. Barbara Leonard Gibson is the illustrator of three Chester Raccoon titles, includingA Pocket Full of Kisses andChester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully. This is her ...
Title:Chester Raccoon And The Almost Perfect SleepoverFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.33 inPublished:May 26, 2017Publisher:Tanglewood PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1939100119

ISBN - 13:9781939100115


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kissing Hand series is brilliant I love this series. It is so heartwarming and every mother on the planet can identify with the deep bond of love that continually flows between a mother and her little one no matter what the physical distance. Chester has been invited to a sleepover at his friend Pepper Opossum's tree across the river. Unfortunately Chester, being a raccoon, is nocturnal so he is going for an "overday." His mother assures Chester that he will be picked up the moment the sun sets, nuzzles his ears and plants a gentle kiss right in the middle of his palm, her famous Kissing Hand signature which makes him feel safe and connected to her. He squeezes her fingers and feels her love and warmth flow into him. He's now ready to independently go on his first dayover ever. Or is he? She delivers him safely and he and his friends spend the day freely exploring, playing games and having great fun together. They hang by their tails over a tree limb, they toss darts made from porcupine quills and acorns, they splash and skip rocks into the creek. All the while Sassafrass Skunk adds humour and fragrance to the tale as he emits "stinky puffs" throughout all the adventures. Finally the little ones have to confess that they are pooped and need to go back to Pepper's hollow and have a sleep. Everyone agrees to the plan and back they go. They yawn and find the perfect spot to curl up and drift off... everyone that is... except Chester. His eyes are big and round like saucers. He looks around and he sees everyone unconscious and that's when anxiety moves in. Chester presses his mother's Kissing Hand to his cheek but it isn't powerful enough to overcome his feelings of being separated from her. He misses his little brother, he misses his mother, he misses his own hollow which is his alone. Suddenly Chester becomes terribly homesick. Wise Mrs. Opossom sensing his discomfort and uneasiness quietly whispers to him if he would like to go home. He answers yes he would. Her kind neighbour rabbit escorts the sad little raccoon back to his mother where he is greeted with a big warm hug the comforting words that she missed him too and he is always welcome at home. The illustrations are absolutely brilliant. I cannot recommend this series enough. It is one that tugs at the heartstrings and never let go. Highly, highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-05-11

Editorial Reviews

A title that offers reassurance to young ones eager to attend their first sleepover." - School Library Journal"Present[s] a familiar childhood dilemma without shaming." - Kirkus Reviews"A resolution that should reassure timid readers who aren'apos;t always as brave or independent as they would like to be." - Publishers Weekly"