Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Sleep-over Take-over by Simon James Green, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

I’ve heard so many great things about this hilarious story from Simon James Green and was thrilled to see Jacqui Sydney and her Year 5 & 6 children mentioned in the dedication. How thrilling for the children and wonderful for such an enthusiastic supporter of children’s literature to be honoured in this way.

Sleep-over Take-over will pull readers in from the very first page allowing them to become one of the gang and right at the centre of all the chaos. Otis’ voice is strong. Children will relate to every confused thought and questionable decision as he and Jagger try to fit in and end up in completely silly situations.

Otis and Jagger have big plans for the weekend. Well, not really, but they don’t want anyone else to know that. When they receive a last minute invitation to the birthday party of the year, they graciously accept and wonder how they’re going to fit in with the popular kids who wear designer clothes, have lots of money and do all the things cool kids do. It seems to be going ok until the hypnotist takes to the stage. The next thing anyone knows is it’s morning and the party is in ruins around them. The weirdest thing is no one can remember what happened. It must have been a night to remember…except they can’t.

A laugh-out-loud adventure takes the children around town as they try to sort out why Otis is wearing a wedding dress, where the donkey came from and exactly who is to blame for this gigantic mess!

This is a story to read aloud together. Laughter and anticipation of the next bizarre scenario will inspire a community of readers and create long-lasting memories.

Thank you to Harriet Dunlea and Scholastic for this fun book!

You can find an activity pack to accompany the book on the Scholastic website.

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