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June 2019: Juvenile Fiction

Warren & Dragon Scary Sleepover
By (author): Ariel Bernstein Illustrated by: Mike Malbrough
9780451481054 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship Jun 25, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 5.81 x 8.56 x 0.46 in 96 pages Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
Warren and Dragon are setting out on their most unspooky, totally normal, not-scary-at-all adventure yet…their first sleepover!

Warren is a seven-year-old boy and Dragon is part stuffed animal, part fierce dragon, part best friend—depending on what part you believe most. And Michael is their new friend and next-door neighbor. When Michael invites them over to go “camping” in his basement, the dynamic duo don’t know whether they’re more excited or nervous about it. This is their very first sleepover. EVER. Sure, Michael promised there would be not one but two desserts to look forward to. But he also said he wants to swap—gulp—scary stories. Warren can think of nothing more embarrassing than calling his parents to pick him up early from a sleepover, but how is he supposed to fall asleep in a dark basement full of mysterious and unfamiliar noises?

Subjects that young readers can relate to, like being away from home and family for the first time.

Diverse characters: Warren’s best friend is African American (and also has two moms). Classmates are also diverse.(Loosely based on author’s children’s school in NJ.)

SO funny! These well-written chapter books are truly laugh-out-loud funny—especially when Dragon is stealing the scenes!

Perfect reading for reluctant readers. They’re short, illustrated, and highly entertaining.

Great for boys. Warren loves inventing/building things with his friends, teasing his sister, and making up adventures with Dragon.

Calvin and Hobbes fans will love this new dynamic duo of boy and (imaginary) dragon!

Hilarious black-and-white illustrations throughout by Mike Malbrough, the illustrator of Marigold Bakes a Cake.

Ariel grew up outside of Philadelphia (developing a cheesesteak obsession), went to college at Barnard in New York (developing a sushi obsession), and now lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her family (developing a marshmallow obsession). She doesn’t have a pet dragon, but does have the occasional herd of deer show up in the backyard.

Besides writing children’s books, she’s worked in a movie theater, at a Baskin Robbins, as a camp counselor, as a paralegal, in human resources, and as a stay-at-home mom.

Visit her at

Author Residence: Livingston New Jersey

Author Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Before his career as a writer-illustrator, Mike was a freelance graphic designer, comic book artist, performer, and teacher with a career spanning two decades. He is the director of ORNG Ink, an after-school studio for young artists, and has received several awards and honors for his work in the community with children and teens.Mike lives in Orange, NJ, with his wife, two adventurous kids, and a cat named Agnes that hates him. Visit him at

Illustrator Residence: Livingston, New Jersey

Marketing: Online and social media promotion

Feature at all School & Library conferences

“Adorable fun for chapter-book newbies looking for a few giggles.”—Kirkus Reviews

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