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PAJAMA PARTY by Amy Hest

PAJAMA PARTY

By Amy Hest (Author) , Irene Trivas (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: March 12th, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-07866-4
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 For newly independent readers, a simple story (of four-and- a-half chapters) about three eight-year-old girls who live in the same apartment building; inspired by an older sister's 13th- birthday bash, they have their first sleepover. The mild events are predictable: it's not Jenny, who has the overanxious mother, who gets homesick after the scary stories, but sensible, well- organized Kate; and, despite narrator Casey's firm pronouncement that ``A person can't have two best friends,'' the three-way friendship ends up pretty close to just that. The strengths here are the well-individualized characters, their solid relationships, and the natural-sounding dialogue. Trivas's frequent full-color illustrations enhance the realism and humor; as in Ketteman's Not Yet, Yvette (below), she draws one clock carelessly--this one belies the late hour implied in the text. Still, an attractive choice for young readers who like to read about girls like themselves. (Fiction. 5-9)