The Problem with ­Pajamas

­Atheneum. Feb. 2022. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534493438.
PreS-K–Little Cody’s itchy, wrinkly, too-tight clothes have her singing the blues; she sheds them as soon as she comes home. She definitely does not want to put on pajamas that can scritch and scratch and trap and zap and make feet sweat tonight! After listening to her sing her delightfully bluesy song of woe, her father tries to convince her that pajamas can be snuggly, cuddly, and cute. Cody’s friends, Charles monkey, Dean-O dinosaur, Ziggy cat, and Mr. Birdinhand all love pajamas for their long sleeves, warmth, and safety. Only her little alien-looking friend is on her side. Leave it to her father to come up with an alternative solution when Cody decides that she needs to wear something to feel cozy—and not pajamas. The charming antics of Cody and her comical friends fill the pages in pastel vignettes and double-page spreads that burst with energy, mirthful expressions, and details that emerge with repeated readings. Cody’s soulful songs have a wonderful rhythm, and her speech bubble conversations with her father and friends are witty and eloquent, yet authentic.
VERDICT This perfect bedtime read is also a lovely example of a father-daughter relationship and a reminder that children need to be able to express their true feelings and be treated with patience and understanding.

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