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 miami!

Lolliposh Consignment Sale & Bazaar

What: Get maternity wear and upscale clothing and gear for kiddos at killer prices.
Why: This ain’t no garage sale (expect goods in stellar condition).
When: Fri.-Sun. Schedule online at lolliposh.com.
Where: Soref Jewish Community Center, 6501 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation (954-792-6700).

Cardboard Boat Race

What: Build a snazzy ship and sail it in the marina.
Why: Take along paint to make sure it’s really a winner.
When: Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 700 Polk St., Hollywood. For more info, call 954-921-3035. Registration required. Participation is free.

What: The classic fairy tale about a girl and her seriously long locks.
Why: Get inspiration for back-to-school coifs.
When: Thru Oct. 23. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 3 & 7 p.m.
Where: Coral Gables Youth Center Theater, 405 University Dr. (305-274-3595). Tickets online at tickets.miamichildrenstheater.com. Adults and children, $10.

Photo: Courtesy of Kids Can Press

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Cardboard Boat Race
700 Polk St
Hollywood, FL 33019
Soref Jewish Community Center
6501 W Sunrise Blvd
Plantation, FL 33313
405 University Dr
Miami, FL 33134