Wolfe, Myra and Maria Monescillo Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime. Harcourt Children's Books, 2011. Charlotte Jane believes in squeezing the juice out of every day, spending all her waking hours performing feats of daring. Bedtime, however, is not fun at all. One night she manages to stay up until dawn. "Victory," she sleepily proclaims. But is it? Instead of having the energy and creativity to play all day, she finds herself completely sapped and unable to enjoy the daylight. When her feather bed entices her and she finally gives in, she discovers that dreaming can be just as much fun as being awake, and sleeping gives her energy to play.
I loved the blend of pirate accents and everyday life, and it was refreshing to see a girl cast in a book with a pirate theme. The beautiful illustrations are as energy-filled and entertaining as Charlotte Jane herself. Would make a great bedtime story for children who think sleep interferes with their real lives. EL - ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn