by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
The exuberant, tripping-over-herself-with-fun, Lulu is back. And, tonight marks her very first sleepover! She is off to stay with cousin Hani, Auntie Zari and Auntie Jina. But first, she needs to pack an excessive amount of outfits (from kanga dress to dungarees) and, of course, her favourit-est books. Once Daddy has dropped her off and there have been lots of goodbye kisses, playtime begins... bridge building! water pictures! movies & popcorn! It all ends in a magical, fairy-lights-draped, bed and, of course, a special bedtime story. An everyday, thoroughly relatable, childhood experience, pepped up, as always, by Beardshaw's brilliant illustrations and full of carefully considered details (from the many patterned clothes to the cat pyjama end pages to the fixing up of Lulu and Hani's bedtime hair through puffs and gathered braids). [Black family; same-sex couple/aunties]. Age 3-7, Hardback 27pp
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