The Worst Sleepover in the World

By Sophie Dahl

Illustrated by Luciano Lozano

A playful picture book exploring the hilarious complications of first friendships, from an exciting new voice in children's literature.

Ramona is having her best friend Gracie to stay the night. It’s their first ever sleepover and she wants to make a den, read stories, dance like a wild thing, stay up all night and have a midnight feast. It'll be the BEST SLEEPOVER IN HISTORY. But nothing quite goes to plan. Will Gracie, Ramona and her little sister Ruby be able to solve their problems and still be friends in the morning?

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 4+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406394672
  • Published: 06 Jul 2023
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 215 x 260 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'This funny but tender look at children’s insecurities and why fear can manifest as difficult behaviour will resonate with sleepover-weary parents as much as with children.' The Daily Mail

' Sophie has a wild capacity to think and dream like a child, I love her writing voice, her tone is spot on and after reading this I basically just want to go to a sleepover at Sophie’s house! The illustrations are so emotive and funny and how cool is mum? I adored reading this chaotic, funny and heart warming book that is full of warmth, friendship and life.' Laura Dockrill, Author

'"The Worst Sleepover in the World is a charming and gleeful story of the joys and perils of the sleepover, brought beautifully to life by Sophie Dahl's witty words and Luciano Lozano's delightful artwork."' Anna James, author

' This may be The Worst Sleepover in the World but since reading this story to my children they’ve been begging me to have their own sleepover. With wit and pizzazz Sophie Dahl tells it just like it is- hilarious, exasperating and a tiny bit exhausting (for Mum at least) but hey, let’s do it all again tomorrow!' Polly Dunbar, author-illustrator

' This book is fabulous! It should be handed to every parent with a child in primary school as a self help manual. Kids are also going to love it!' Rebecca Patterson, author

' An emotional rollercoaster of feelings, laced with warmth and humour that made me sigh and smile, and laugh out loud.' Emma Chichester Clark, author

' A comedy of manners for seven year olds that beautifully navigates the perils of pyjama parties with pitch perfect illustrations.' Chris Riddell, author-illustrator

' We love this book in my house! What could be better than a night time adventure filled with midnight feasts, plans that don’t go quite the way you’d hoped - just like life - lots of love and delicious pancakes in the morning! A classic story to share.' Molly Oldfield, author & podcaster

' A funny tale of friendship and fall-outs' Yasmeen Ismail, author-illustrator

'"A gorgeous bedtime story, overflowing with fun and wisdom. Like all of Sophie's books, The Worst Sleepover in the World is packed with wit, charm and love. It is bound to be a massive hit with children and their beleaguered parents alike."' Lauren O'Hara, illustrator

'"A delightful book to share and a timely reminder that though things may not always go to plan, they usually work out in the end - featuring the most relatable mum character I have ever encountered in a picture book!"' Jess French, author

' A book every child and perhaps parent can relate to, a must read!' ReadPlus

'a wry, relatable look at the dynamics of first friendships' The Bookseller

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: "Swashbuckling and mysterious [...] I can't recommend it enough as a gift [...] it's a beautiful kids' book"' Dolly Alderton

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: My favourite contemporary kids’ author […]' Evening Standard Magazine

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: Dahl’s prose is considered and surprising.' The Sunday Times

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: a playful and beguiling voice' The Observer

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: Dahl’s engaging style – teamed with Lauren O’Hara’s gorgeous illustrations – make it a book to remember.' Press Association

'Praise for Madame Badobedah: Illustrated with airy, light-hearted charm by Lauren O’Hara [...] This longer-form picture book taps astutely into the imaginative life of an adventurous child, is lovely both the read and listen to.' The Guardian

'Praise for Madame Badobedah: Any imaginative child will warm to this funny, touching story of lonely only child Mabel. Beautifully illustrated, this is a joyous debut.' The Daily Mail

'Praise for Madame Badobedah: Innocence meets experience in this story that’s as beautifully illustrated as it is told.' i newspaper

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: plenty of charm' The Daily Telegraph

' Praise for Madame Badobedah: [...] one of 2019’s most exciting and imaginative picture books [...] Sophie Dahl’s debut for children is wonderfully eccentric and imaginative, and also tells a powerful tale of friendship [...]The pictures are also a pure delight.' The Sun

'[Sophie Dahl’s] tale about a first sleepover that doesn’t quite go according to plan should strike a chord with wee ones everywhere.' Dundee Courier

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