A Bedtime Story That Won't Put You to Sleep

in front of my house by marianne dubuc!

Some bedtime books can be a real snooze, leaving you no option but to skip sentences, summarize paragraphs, and rush your way to the lullaby portion of the evening.

So when we picked up the 120-page In Front of My House, by Marianne Dubuc, we figured we’d all be out cold by page 50. But much to our surprise, the whimsical tale captured both the reader and listener’s attention.

The simple story takes you under the bed, into outer space, above a storm cloud, around the zoo — each page revealing a more surprising twist and turn than the last.

Our toddler was so enthralled by the adventure that by the third night she was adding her own sound effects and commentary to the journey. And that’s a real dream in any parent’s book.

Available online at amazon.com, $13.

this week in atlanta!

Pumpkin Carving

What: Take a pumpkin and turn it into a fabulous jack-o’-lantern with the tools and templates provided.
Why: Best part? They clean up the mess.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody (770-394-3322). Cost is $5.

WellCheck Flu Shots

What: Say no to sick days with a visit to a mall pop-up clinic.
Why: Zip in and out by reserving a shot ahead of time.
When: Thru Oct. 24. Make an appointment online.
Where: Locations online at wellcheck.com. Info at 888-659-3552. Cost is $28.

Ghost Tales and Trails

What: Hear spooky yarns on a walking tour through downtown.
Why: Seasoned storytellers are pros at giving the shivers.
When: Thurs., 6:30-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Woodstock City Park, Main St., at Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock. Info at 678-494-4251. Adults, $11; children 12 and under, $6.

Photo: Courtesy of Kids Can Press

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Woodstock City Park
E Main St
@ Arnold Mill Rd
Woodstock, GA 30188
Dunwoody Nature Center
5343 Roberts Dr
Atlanta, GA 30338