Shailey loves bedtime, especially reading with her dad. But her dad starts a new job, and it gets in the way of their bedtime routine. So Shailey takes action! She fires her dad, posts a Help Wanted sign, and starts interviews immediately. She is thrilled when her favorite characters from fairytales line up to apply. But Sleeping Beauty can’t stay awake, the Gingerbread Man steals her book, and Snow White brings along her whole team. Shailey is running out of options. Is bedtime ruined forever?
Filled with classic fairy tales and a strong black female character.
Janet Sumner Johnson lives in Northen Utah with her husband and three children. She bakes a mean cinnamon twist and eats way more cookies than are good for her, which explains her running habit. In her past lives, she worked as a Translator, a Linguist, and a pizza delivery driver (but not all at once). Now, she sings in the shower, attends dance parties in her kitchen, and ruthlessly beats her kids at card games. Though her full-time occupation as evil tyrant/benevolent dictator (aka mom) takes most of her time, she sneaks in writing at night when her inner funny bone is fully unleashed.
Courtney Dawson is an illustrator and picture book artist living in the sunny little town of Ventura, California. She has a deep love of reading, her mom’s chilaquiles, and most kinds of ice cream. Her work is inspired by the world around us and all the good that’s in it. When she’s not working, she can be found riding her bike, painting to Sam Cooke’s music, or enjoying a rainy day with her partner, her baby, and her cute cat, Tuesday.
What inspired you with the idea of Shailey firing her dad as her bedtime story teller?
My own daughter loved her bedtime routine with her dad. But one night, when he was too busy with work, she stomped out of the room declaring, “I’ll read my own stories!” I laughed and said, “I think you just got fired, hon.” And BOOM, the story idea was born.
What do you hope readers will take away from this story?
I hope readers remember that books are always there for you. They are like best friends waiting to happen! And I also hope that parents might remember what a precious time it is when our kids still want us to read to them. We should take advantage!
To Girlie, who knows what she wants and works for it.