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Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime Hardcover – September 6, 2011

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"Monescillo's detailed and gently textured watercolors are full of insouciant pirate energy (Charlotte Jane's bravado is matched by that of her surly teddy bear, who wears an eye patch), and Wolfe's text has as much charm and verve as her heroine."—Publishers Weekly
 
"[This] bedtime story is satisfying, and casting a little girl as a pirate is downright refreshing."—Kirkus Reviews
 
 
"The use of dialogue and strong vocabulary results in a well-paced story that flows elegantly from beginning to end. The whimsical watercolor illustrations–accompanied by digitally created textures to add depth–are captivating, and perfectly complement the text. A generous helping of humorously entertaining pirate speak makes this an enjoyable choice for readers and listeners alike."—School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152061509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152061500
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 11.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 6- and 9-year-old daughters (one of whom is named "Charlotte June") LOVE this book! Got it from the library, but decided to buy it after my sleepy Charlotte whispered, "Juicy sweet dreams, me bucko!" to me before dropping off to sleep one night. Adorable!
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Charlotte Jane was born to a land locked pirate couple. She is an extraordinary little pirate girl. And she has lots of oomph. But she has decided that bedtime is not a juicy activity. She would much rather do other things like swashbuckling and treasure hunts. So she stays up later and later until one day she doesn't go to bed at all. The problem is, she no longer has oomph and cannot do the activities she so loves. Her parents try to help her find her oomph, but they are not successful. Charlotte Jane finally finds it in here feather bed after a nice full sleep.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in watercolor. They are absolutely adorable and creative from the very first page. I love the details such as the treasure chest cradle, the house shaped as a ship, and all the Piratey details. The pictures are colorful and fun.

THE GOOD: I absolutely loved this book. These pirate parents showed so much love for their spirited little girl. The pirate elements tickled me pink( I do love a good pirate picture book). And of course this story shows what happens when little girls (even the hearty pirate children) don't go to bed when they should. I highly recommend this story!
THE DIFFICULT: There are quite a few big words this book that will need to be explained to the younger crowd such as hearty, formidable, and en garde.
NOTE: There is a lot of sword play
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8 which is a good age range. I don't know that I would recommend this necessarily as a bedtime story because of the high energy in the story.
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Charlotte Jane, like her parents, is a pirate through and through. And she's not happy with this whole "bedtime" idea, so she decides she just won't. After all, it keeps her from doing all the fun stuff! But will the fun stuff be as fun without any sleep? Monescillo's art is so rich, I loved looking at it. One of our fave kids' books about pirates. And bedtime. And awesome girls!
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This is such a fun, spunky story!! I really like the variety of vocabulary ( ex: oomph, pomegranate) and that Charlotte is soo not a Princess!! The illustrations are beautiful and perfectly enhance the story :) I give this book as a gift any chance I get and everybody loves it!
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Charlotte Jane is born with formidable oomph that keeps her one step ahead of her pirate family. "I like to get all the juice out of my days!" she says as she fearlessly tackles a particularly steep slide on the playground. "Sleep is your friend," her bearded, eyepatch-wearing, tattooed father says to a skeptical Charlotte. "No one can be hearty without it," her equally piratical looking mother adds. When Charlotte finally manages to pull an all-nighter, whispering, "Victory!" as the sun rises, she's disappointed to find that her oomph seems to have gone missing. While her parents gamely search everywhere for it, even checking the neighbor's recycling bin, Charlotte Jane is finally seduced by her featherbed. Even though she still thinks that "sleep is for landlubbers" she decides that her awesome dreams, "rip-roarers" make sleeping worthwhile after all.

Brilliant watercolor illustrations alternate full-bleed double-page spreads with pages using plenty of whitespace for contrast. The world depicted is a cheery suburban pirate-themed house. I liked the funny little details such as Charlotte's crib that appears to be fashioned out of an old rum cask. I loved her bedroom, which includes oceanic murals, a gangway plank, an oversize hammock/climbing net, and of course her ubiquitous teddy bear, One-Eyed Tom.

This would make a great bedtime read for reluctant young sleepers.
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This book left me and my daughter feeling meh. There's not much to the story. There's a feeble attempt at inserting some pirate language into the text but it's pretty lame, more annoying than fun. We read it with much anticipation, hoping for something interesting to transpire but the ending was a let down. If you want to get this book, borrow it from the library first...read it the whole way through before forking over any money. You may find, as I did, that it's not worth buying.
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CHARLOTTE JANE BATTLES BEDTIME is a delightful bedtime story from first-time author Myra Wolfe. What a wonderful debut! The pirate prose will entice every parent to try on their best Blackbeard imitation as Charlotte Jane discovers the true source of her pirating prowess is held in her dreams after her `oomph' abandons ship after a sleepless night. A fun read for pirates and landlubbers alike. Having met Myra at 'A Children's Place' bookstore in Portland, OR I can also confirm there's a little pirate in her as well. Arr!
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This is a great book for kids who don't love bedtime. It's about a girl pirate who fought sleep and won, and the consequences that followed. The language is just delicious and the illustrations are adorable. It is a big hit with my daughter.
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