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.

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this week in boston!

Building Healthy, Tasty, Kid-Friendly Lunches
What: Get ideas for packing nutritious yet economic meals.
Why: He’ll be stoked to not see another PB&J.
When: Thurs., 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Healthy Habits Kitchen, 36 Washington St., Wellesley. Register at 781-235-6325 or online at healthyhabitskitchen.com. Cost is $20.

Sense of Wonder Walk

What: Learn about critters that inhabit Waterfowl Pond by dipping in nets and scooping up mud (ages 3 and up).
Why: Don’t forget a slicker, since the class runs rain or shine.
When: Sun., 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Registration (required) to 978-887-9264. Adults, $9; children, $7.

Little Red’s Most Unusual Day

What: Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf make appearances in the opera just for tykes.
Why: It clocks in under an hour to ward off squirming.
When: Sat., noon & 2 p.m.
Where: Seully Hall, The Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, 4th flr. (617-912-9240). Admission is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Kids Can Press

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Healthy Habits Kitchen
36 Washington St
ste 2
Wellesley, MA 02481
Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983
The Boston Conservatory
8 Fenway
Boston, MA 02215