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 philadelphia!
Friends of Schuylkill River Park’s Fall Festival

What: A party under the changing leaves with face painting, music, and games.
Why: An array of treats for pooches, too.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Schuylkill River Park, at Pine & Taney Sts. Admission is free.

Liberty 360
What: Put on a pair of 3-D specs for a look at American history.
Why: Philly fave Ben Franklin makes an appearance on the massive screen.
When: Daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Historic Philadelphia Center, at Sixth & Chestnut Sts. Info at 215-629-4026. Adults and teens, $7; under 13, $6.

Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour
What: Hear tunes from the first official soundtrack and shake a tail feather at the ever-popular party.
Why: Proceeds help kiddos with cancer through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
When: Wed., 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Fluid Nightclub, 613 S. Fourth St. Tickets online at babylovesdisco.com. Adults and children, $15; babies, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Kids Can Press

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Schuylkill River Park
Pine St
@ Taney St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Historic Philadelphia Center
S 6th St
@ Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
613 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147