Penny & Jelly (Hardcover)

Slumber Under the Stars

By Maria Gianferrari, Thyra Heder (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544280052, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

List Price: 16.99*
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In this picture-book companion to Penny & Jelly: The School Show, Penny is invited to a slumber-under-the-stars sleepover! But there's one small detail that derails the dynamic kid-dog duo: no pets allowed. Penny and Jelly have to think quick—if the real Jelly can't go, then maybe a pretend Jelly can! A paper Jelly? Too rough. A yarn Jelly? Too soft. Jelly after Jelly just doesn’t work. But with a little creativity and a lot of heart, Penny figures out how to go to the sleepover—and bring Jelly along with her. Learn more about these best friends at

About the Author

Maria Gianferrari’s work has appeared in various national children’s magazines, and she was the winner of PEN New England’s 2009 Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. You can learn more about her at

Thyra Heder grew up in a family of artists and graduated from Brown University with a degree in art semiotics. She is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed Fraidyzoo. Learn more at

Praise For Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars

"The sweet ending to this book will satisfy children. The soft watercolor and ink illustrations are charming and provide young listeners with excellent visual images."
—School Library Journal

"A Pleasure for reading aloud."

"Another winning friendship tale from a lovable duo."