Picture Book Review! Millie Fierce Sleeps Out by Jane Manning


Millie Fierce Sleeps Out by Jane Manning

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Series: Millie Fierce

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Philomel (May 29, 2014)

Genre: Picture book

Source: Tour host for tour

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Little girls can be strong and fierce and brave—and sometimes their ferocity is just the thing they need to save the day.

Millie is strong. Millie is fierce. But Millie has learned to keep her fierceness in check. And since she’s been sweet all summer long, Millie gets to have a sleepout with her friends. One where she promises to be well behaved. But things don’t go as Millie planned, and our fierce little heroine is not happy.  Still, she tries her best to keep her fierceness inside. But when the scary dog from next door howls at the girls’ tent, Millie’s ferocity saves them all!

A perfect addition to a bookshelf filled with Fancy Nancy, Eliose, Olivia, and Ladybug Girl.


“Millie Fierce is a delightfully naughty mix between Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry.”–School Library Journal

“An unexpected Yeatsian lilt to Manning’s writing (“Millie frizzed out her hair and made the crazy eye”) lifts the text out of the ordinary; her powers of observation set it apart, too.”–Publishers Weekly

“Readers already know what Millie learns: To everything there is a time and purpose, including fierceness; they will welcome this validation.”–Kirkus Reviews

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About Jane Manning:

Jane Manning is the illustrator of dozens of children’s books, including Millie Fierce; Little Goblins Ten written by Pamela Jane; and the bestselling The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low. She is usually very well behaved, but every once in a while, Jane turns fierce, just like Millie.

My Thoughts:

Millie Fierce Sleeps Out is a riot of color, adventure, and fun.  Millie plans everything out for her sleep out and makes sure that her fierce stays hidden.  She’s not going to let anything ruin her night—not even herself!  So she keeps calm even when things don’t go the way she’d planned.  But when she can’t contain her fierce any longer, she finds out that it can save the day in the right situation.

The artwork in this book is outstanding.  The watercolor illustrations are bright, energetic, and full of life.  I could look at this book all day without getting bored.  My kids laughed out loud at Millie and the eventful night she has.  The story is well written and fun.  I love the message that our weaknesses can become our strengths if used appropriately. 

Highly recommended for kids ages 3-5.

Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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    June 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I know my son would love this book! He's fascinated with camping and also is working on controlling his emotions. 🙂

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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