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Book: Ira Sleeps OverAuthor and Illustrator: Bernard Waber
Publisher: Sandpiper, Book & CD published in 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0395138939 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0395138930 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0395205037 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0395205034 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 978-0618852826 (Read Along Book & CD)
ISBN-10: 0618852824 (Read Along Book & CD)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over (published in 1973 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; republished in 1975 by Sandpiper). Ira has a dilemma. He is thrilled to be invited to spend the night at his friend Reggie’s for his very first sleep over, but his older sister gets him really thinking by raising the question of whether he should take his teddy bear named Tah Tah. At home Ira always sleeps with his teddy bear. What would Reggie think if he knew Ira slept with a teddy bear? What would Reggie say if he learned the bear’s name is Tah Tah? Is Ira big enough to sleep without his beloved bear? Booklist called it “An appealing picture book which depicts common childhood qualms with empathy and humor.”
Ira Sleeps Over is delightful read-aloud bedtime tale. Author Bernard Waber does a wonderful job of properly pacing the dialogue. “Suppose Ira doesn’t like sleeping without his teddy bear. Suppose he absolutely hates sleeping without his teddy bear. Should he take his teddy bear with him? Will Reggie laugh at him?” Some have objected to the conversation between Reggie and Ira concerning “scary, creepy, spooky ghost stories.” I suppose that those who oppose any mention of “ghost stories” or maybe have extremely sensitive children should avoid the book. The rest of us can enjoy it. Waber, who is best known for Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, has written more than seventeen picture books for children, including another book about Ira, Ira Says Goodbye.