After a fun day at the beach, Lucy and her parents are exhausted. Lucy goes to bed early, but she really isn’t ready to sleep. Mom and Dad are. Mom starts snoring while reading to Lucy; Dad dozes off in the living room. The bright moonlight keeps Lucy up and creates mysterious shadows all over her room. Eventually, she creeps into the living room and finds her stuffed animals. With these friends in bed with her, Lucy is able to fall asleep.

Every family that has ever been to the beach will relate to Jane Smiley’s story. Lauren Castillo’s bright illustrations at the beginning of the book convey the heat of the day and that fatigue that comes from being out in the sun. As night falls, the images grow darker, and the reader feels the uneasiness that settles over Lucy until tiredness overtakes her. A lovely story to bring on vacation.

A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.

Jennifer Minicus

Jennifer Minicus lives in New Jersey with her husband and son. A former French, Latin and mathematics teacher, Jennifer currently enjoys the responsibilities of a "domestic engineer", particularly making...