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 boston!

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

What: Meet dancers from the Boston Ballet, decorate cookies, and munch on ladylike snacks.
Why: Tiaras? Tutus? Say no more.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. (Also Dec. 3 & 17.)
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, 10 Avery St., Theater District (617-574-7100). Reservations (required) to 617-574-7184. Adults and teens, $48; children, $35.

Frog Pond Skating Rink

What: Bundle up your ice princess for a spin across the ice.
Why: The Belgian waffles and grilled cheese bar deserve a perfect ten.
When: Thru Mar. 18, 2012.
Where: Boston Common, 84 Beacon St. (617-635-2120). Adults and teens 14 and up, $5; children 13 and under, free.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village

What: Get the scoop on Native American traditions, mingle with costumed historians, and see what was cooking in 19th-century kitchens.
Why: Turns out pumpkin pie was a favorite even back in the day.
When: Thurs.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge (800-733-1830). Adults, $20; children, $7; under 3, free.

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

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