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Ira Sleeps Over Hardcover – July 27, 1973


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (July 27, 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395138930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395138939
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"An appealing picture book which depicts common childhood qualms with empathy and humor." Booklist, ALA

About the Author

Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.

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"This is Mr. Waber. Mr. Waber is the man who writes those stories about Lyle the Crocodile" is sometimes the way I am introduced to a child. We greet each other, the child and I, and I begin to imagine disappointment in the wide-eyed gaze. Perhaps there was an expectation the "real" Lyle would leap out from behind this not-unusual-looking author. It is tempting but I resist becoming Lyle and behaving in some ingratiating fashion to desperately compensate for the absent crocodile hero. I offer, instead, to show off some of my Lyle memorabilia, a collection acquired mostly through the generosity of good-humored friends and readers.

My own early efforts at drawing were mostly confined to the laborious copying of photographs of film stars and other celebrities. I received respectable grade in art classes during my school years but doubt I thought it seriously indicated a career direction. Perhaps art seemed too frivolous for one raised during the Depression. Besides, I grew up a rather earnest young man and chose instead to major in finance at the University of Pennsylvania. After just one year of schooling, World War II interrupted those rather high-minded plans. Perhaps it was moving about, meeting people of various backgrounds and experience -- I don't recall a precise moment--but somehow during those army days my interest shifted to drawing and painting.

Returning to civilian life, I discarded high finance for enrollment at the Philadelphia College of Art. It was a decision I never regretted. During the four years I attended school I found great joy in painting and drawing. Soon after graduating, and newly married,

Ethel and I moved to New York, a city we loved at once and still do. I celebrated that feeling with the eventual publication of The House on East 88th Street (1962). My first

New York employment was in the promotion department of Condé Nast Publications, and although I continued in the magazine field for many years, writing and illustrating children's books was my primary interest since 1961.

My involvement with children's books originated with some illustrations of children I carried in my art portfolio. Several art directors suggested that my drawings seemed suited for children's books. At the same time, I was also having read-aloud sessions with my own three children. I am afraid enthusiasm for "their" books began, in fact, to cause them occasional discomfort. "Daddy, why don't you look at the grownups' books" they chided. Before too long I was mailing out stories and ideas to publishers. Rejections followed but after a time a cheery encouragement arrived from Houghton Mifflin Company, and to my delight, a contract was offered for Lorenzo.

In one way or another, I seem to find myself thinking of children's books most of the time. I even enjoy the period in between books for it is then (I hope) that I am susceptible to all manner of adventurous thought. I've never been good at thinking at the typewriter. I seem to write best when in motion. Trains, subways, even elevators seem to shake ideas loose in my head. Although I write and illustrate, I believe if I had to choose between the two, I would choose writing. There's a freedom about writing that appeals to me. You can do it almost anywhere--and I have.

Customer Reviews

It is definitely on of the best books to read aloud.
stynsber@means.net
It is written with a firm grasp of kindergarten logic and will appeal to children and parents alike.
Amazon Customer
27 years later I still have the same copy I read over and over as a child.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2006
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Ira has a dilemma - he is thrilled to be invited over to Reggie's house for his very first sleep over, but his older sister got him really thinking. At home Ira sleeps with a teddy bear named Tah Tah. He's never slept without him. But what will Reggie think if he knew Ira slept with a teddy bear? What would Reggie say if he learned the bear's name is Tah Tah?

"Suppose Ira doesn't like sleeping without his teddy bear.

Suppose he absolutely hates sleeping without his teddy bear.

Should he take his teddy bear with him? Will Reggie laugh at him?"

Ira Sleeps Over is an outstanding, read-aloud bedtime tale. It is written with a firm grasp of kindergarten logic and will appeal to children and parents alike. Bernard Waber did a wonderful job of properly pacing the dialogue and it really is a delight to read out loud. There are a couple characters, providing an enjoyable opportunity to affect different voices and even different styles for the same character at different times.

The book runs 48 pages, but it is very easy to finish in under ten minutes. My wife and I frequently read it to our two boys. It is a favorite of our 4-year-old and occupies a proud place among the top bedtime books on our shelf.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. As a second grade teacher, I read it so often to my class that the paper back book pages have fallen out. I'm purchasing the hard back version now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stynsber@means.net on November 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Great book to read to the family at bedtime. It is definitely on of the best books to read aloud. You are forced to sound like a seven-year-old boy as you read. Addresses the fear of what one's best friend might think when he finds out that you still sleep with a teddy bear.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen, Theo, & Vinny on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This story is about a boy named Ira who is going to sleep over his friend's house. Ira is nervous about it because he still sleeps with a teddy bear and he thinks Reggie will make fun of him. Ira finds out that he isn't the only one with a teddy bear. We liked this story because it had a lot of funny parts. You should read this book because the story is fun and the pictures are really good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "silversarchan" on January 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
just the memories of this book bring tears to my eyes...it was one of my favorites when i was young. it's a great story. loved it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By n9443933@cc.wwu.edu on November 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
I love this book! I begged my mom to read it to me over and over again when I was little. Now I am going to be a teacher and I plan on having this book in my classroom at all times! It would be an excellent book to read to a child going on his/her first sleep over. But, actually, I think anyone (child or adult) would enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Ira sleeps over Ira sleeps over Reggie's house. And the problem was when Ira's sister kept on saying don't bring your teddy bear and said Reggie will laugh. And in the solution Ira finally brought his teddy bear when he saw that Reggie had a teddy bear.
The Author's Message in this story is it is okay to be different. I chose this because when Ira saw that Reggie had a teddy bear and Ira promised that he would not laugh at Reggie's teddy bear name. If you like Ira Sleeps Over you might like Bad Case of the stripes. You might like this because they both have the same Author's Message it is okay to be different. I liked the story because I like having sleepovers and I like teddy bears. I think you should buy this book at the store. I live in Killingly, Connecticut, USA. I am 7 years old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nourisha K. Wells on May 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book as a child. I am handing it off to my youngest niece this summer. She's going to kindergarten and just learned to read. Never has a slumber party been so much fun! It also has a great lesson about acceptance, overcoming fear and being yourself. I can't wait for her to read it and fall in love as I did so many years ago.
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