Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Summary: Penny is excited about the upcoming “Sleepover under the Stars” sponsored by the local recreation department. As she gets ready, though, she notices the “No pets allowed” line on the flyer, and is sad that she can’t take her dog, Jelly. She tries different ways to make a Jelly to take with her, using paper, yarn, fleece, and a host of other materials. Nothing is as satisfactory as the real thing. Finally, Penny and Jelly put their heads together and come up with the perfect solution. Penny gets on the phone and calls her friends, and they have their own sleepover under the stars in Penny’s backyard, complete with pets. 32 pages; ages 4-7.
Pros: A companion to last year’s Penny & Jelly: The School Show, this is an engaging slice-of-life tale of a girl and her dog. Penny is a resourceful girl who works to solve a problem without any adult help. Cute illustrations and a satisfying end.
Cons: What Penny’s room must look like after creating a marshmallow Jelly, a shaving cream Jelly, and a jelly Jelly.