Alycat and the Sleepover Saturday -- Book Review & Giveaway


Disclosure: I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am working with The Children's Book Review and Alysson Foti Bourque for this blog tour and will receive a small stipend for the post.

Today I get to share with you the newest Alycat book. Last year I got to share with you a different book from this series. The Alycat series is a fun series of picture books that are set in a cat world without people or dogs. They are full of lessons. Today's book is Alycat and the Sleepover Saturday by Alysson Foti Bourque and illustrated by Chiara Civati. 

From the Publisher:

Alycat and the Saturday Sleepover Written by Alysson Foti Bourque & Illustrated by Chiara Civati

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages | Publisher: Pelican Publishing | ISBN-13: 9781455627233

Publisher’s Book Summary: Alycat hosts a big sleepover, complete with games, s’mores, and ghost stories. A surprise guest adds suspense!

People are talking . . .

The Alycat Series features Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day, Alycat and the Monday Blues, Alycat and the Friendship Friday, Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday, Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday, and Alycat and the Sleepover Saturday.

The books in this series have won more than 17 awards, including the NYC Big Book Award, the Mom’s Choice Awards, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards; have been featured in Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly; and have appeared in the Oscars celebrity swag bag and the Grammy Awards gift bag. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, featured Bourque and her life-size mascot, Alycat, on her popular YouTube channel Little Red News.



Award-winning author Alysson Foti Bourque is a certified elementary education teacher and attorney who practiced law for six years before turning to writing full time. Her books featuring Alycat have been recipients of the NYC Big Book Award, the Mom’s Choice Awards, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards; have been featured in Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly; and have appeared in the Oscars celebrity swag bag and the Grammy Awards gift bag.

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From Me: 

This is another fun Alycat book. It is about friendship, communication, and emotions. Think about a girls' sleepover--the stories, the fun and the giggles. Imagine it in a cat world. That is where this book is taking us. Alycat is hosting a sleepover and her besties are coming. One calls to let Alycat know something, but the connection is staticky. This leads to some miscommunication and confusion. 

This book really shares the nitty gritty of hosting a party. Alycat bakes a cake and plans special activities. She is excited to have her friends over. Her friends also seem excited to be coming to the party. They have different activities including ghost stories in a tent and a campfire. There is sharing and there is caring. Each girl seems to care about their friends. It is such a sweet and positive book. At the end of the book is a list of sleepover essentials to pack. The author also shares a note about the scary stories and how her dog finally made it into one of the books in the scary stories. I love how imaginative Alysson is with the cat world and what would be there and what would not. This is a book to check out as well as the entire series.

Sleepover Resources

To go with this book the obvious activity is a sleepover. Over the years we have shared books about first sleepovers, activities to do at sleepovers as well as some things from our sleepovers. So whether you are planning a sleepover or just want to share with younger kids about sleepovers here are some more resources for you.

1) Sleepover Duck! (picture book about a first sleepover)

2) Oh Susannah It's in the Bag (short chapter book about a girl nervous for her first sleepover)

3) Oh Susannah Things That Go Bump (next short chapter book about the first sleepover)

4) Making your own sleep masks

5) Sew in Style (sewing book for kids to sew for dolls including a doll sleepover supplies)

6) Sew It! (sewing book for kids including a sleepover essentials bag)

7) Tommy Nelson's Brave Girls Confidential (Religious book about girls sharing their lives and how God plays into it during a sleepover)

8) Girls' Home Spa Lab (ideas for a spa themed slumber party with homemade spa products)

9) Girls Night In (has all sorts of ideas for themed parties and sleepovers)

I also asked for some ideas from fellow bloggers. Here are some sleepover activities and crafts as well as some craft ideas that particularly go with the book. 

1) Sleep Mask with Template from Red Ted Art

2) Would You Rather Sleepover Questions from Kitchen Counter Chronicles

3) DIY Party Surprise Ball & Game from Red Ted Art

4) Campfire crafts and camping in backyard for sleepover or first time camper!

Looking for more sleepover ideas--check out this post from Little Passports on how to tell a scary story!


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Alycat and the Saturday Sleepover, autographed by Alysson Foti Bourque.

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy of Alycat and the Saturday Sleepover, signed by Alysson Foti Bourque