Penny & Jelly by Maria Gianferrari
Slumber Under the Stars

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In this picture-book companion to Penny & Jelly: The School Show, Penny is invited to a slumber-under-the-stars sleepover! But there's one small detail that derails the dynamic kid-dog duo: no pets allowed. Penny and Jelly have to think quick—if the real Jelly can't go, then maybe a pretend Jelly can! A paper Jelly? Too rough. A yarn Jelly? Too soft. Jelly after Jelly just doesn’t work. But with a little creativity and a lot of heart, Penny figures out how to go to the sleepover—and bring Jelly along with her. Learn more about these best friends at

About Maria Gianferrari

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Maria Gianferrari's work has appeared in various national children's magazines, and she was the winner of PEN New England's 2009 Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. You can learn more about her at Heder grew up in a family of artists and graduated from Brown University with a degree in art semiotics. She is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Fraidyzoo. Learn more at
Published June 14, 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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PreS-Gr 2—This is an adorable story about a girl, her dog, and the bond between them. Penny has so much to do when she receives an invitation to a slumber party at the recreation center. She begins to make a list of the items to bring with her—a sleeping bag, pajamas, a pillow, and her dog, Jelly...

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