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A slumber party…a first sleepover for Clement, the rabbit…with his friends, Jean, the elephant, and Alan Alexander, the bear.   They jump on the bed, dance, play hide-and-seek, eat, and so much more.  Just what we would want at our own slumber party!

At bedtime, finally, Maggie, the girl who lives with Clement, reads them bedtime stories and has them tell what they are thankful for.

This is a sweet, simple story that leaves you with a tug of happiness and a smile.  Nothing heavy at all and some humor tucked in around the edges makes this a perfect bedtime story.

The illustrations are done in pen and ink, pencil, and watercolor on handmade paper.  Each page is simple and uncluttered yet each is a page of colorful art.

Age Range:  3 – 6 Years


Patrick McDonnell

In 1994 Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS comic strip has received numerous awards.

In 2005, McDonnell began a children’s book career. His first children’s book, The Gift of Nothing, quickly became a New York Times Best Seller.  To name just two others, in 2007, Hug Time was another New York Times Best Seller.  Me…Jane, a biography of the young Jane Goodall, was a 2012 Caldecott Honor winner.  Many more children’s books have been written and illustrated by Mr. McDonnell.

McDonnell also had a successful career as a freelance illustrator.  “McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. He and his wife Karen O’Connell are vegetarian and happily reside with Amelie, their rescue Jack Russell terrier, and Not Ootie, their formerly feral cat.” ***

Mr. McDonnell can also be found on Twitter @MUTTScomics, on facebook @





Book Information:


Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication date:10/06/2015


Product dimensions:7.20(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)


*** from his website section “About Patrick”