by Janet Sumner Johnson
This is a lovely children's book about a little girl who loves books. Shailey looks forward to her bedtime story every night but when her dad gets a new job and doesn't have time to read anymore, she fires him and advertises for a new bedtime storyteller.
Things get a bit complicated when most of the applicants come from classic fairy stories themselves! But in the end she refines the ad enough to find the perfect applicant.
It's a very short book and a simple story ideal for reading to pre-reading age children. Best of all, Shailey is 'of colour' which is something in short supply in children's books. How much prejudice could be dispelled with diversity in children's books to read to children of all cultural backgrounds?
The pictures are simple but well-drawn and overall a very good presentation.