Five New Books for Bedtime

Bedtime Books You'll Both Enjoy

marcel the shell with shoes on book!

As if you didn’t already look forward to bedtime, five new books you’ll want to read — with or without your kids.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, by Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp
Marcel the Shell (a YouTube phenom with more than 12 million views) tries out life as a children’s picture book protagonist. The dreamlike illustrations and his quirky personality (his dog is a piece of lint) make him one of our favorite kid lit newcomers.

The Listeners/These Train Tracks, by Breathe Owl Breathe
From the band Breathe Owl Breathe comes a children’s book that time forgot. A canvas-covered volume features two stories illustrated by reproductions of woodcut prints that start at each end of the book and meet in the middle, where you’ll find a seven-inch record of both narratives recorded as indie-folk songs.

birdie’s big girl dress!Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress, by Sujean Rim
DailyCandy’s illustrator emeritus publishes her second children’s book about a precocious little girl who likes to dress up. It’s the perfect bedtime tale for moms and daughters who know their way around a dressing room.

Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers
Little Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, so naturally he throws his shoe up after it. When his shoe gets lodged in the branches too, an unexpected cast of projectiles (a cat, a ladder, a fire engine) follows. Read-out-loud fun at its best.

eli, no!Eli, No, by Katie Kirk
Try to resist the bold graphic illustrations in Kirk’s debut children’s book. But it’s the toddler tough-love lesson — “No!” doesn’t mean we love you any less — that has us stealing one last snuggle before lights out.

this week in dallas!

The Mommy Stylist

What: Local blogger Kristin Hull sorts out affordable outfits to keep you looking your best amidst playdates, soccer games, and field trips.
Why: Don’t know what to wear to next week’s PTA meeting? She’s happy to weigh in with advice.
When: You’re a closet case.
Where: Online at mommystylist.com.

Brunch of the Sugar Plum Fairy

What: Catch a short performance by the Texas Ballet Theater, decorate cookies, and munch on ladylike food.
Why: She’s dying to wear her fanciest frock.
When: Book now for Dec. 4.
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave. (214-922-0200). Register (by Sat.) online at a3.acteva.com. Adults and children, $69.

MetroPCS Fair Park Holiday

What: See the tree lighting, sip hot cocoa, and stay for the fireworks finale.
Why: Watch how fast your elf makes a beeline for Santa’s workshop.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Santa’s workshop, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. Info at 214-421-9600. Free.

Photos: Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers; Courtesy of Little, Brown Books; Courtesy of Abrams Books

The Ritz-Carlton Dallas
2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Fair Park
1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd
Dallas, TX 75210