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Timothy and the Strong Pajamas

Written & Illustrated by Viviane Schwarz


Super Pajamas lead to super adventure!

This is the story of Timothy Smallbeast. He's not very big. And he's not very strong. But luckily, Timothy has marvelous pajamas -- STRONG pajamas! And when he wears them, he has super strength too.

Timothy likes to use his powers for good and help anyone who needs super strength (except bank robbers). But when Timothy needs help, who can he turn to?

A sleepy-time superhero adventure for all little kids who have big dreams.


Reviews and Awards

A Summer 2008 Book Sense Children's Pick
Washington Post's Holiday Guide 2008: Best Kids' Books

⋆ "Timothy Smallbeast wants desperately to be strong. Every evening before bed he follows a routine to make himself superhero strong: fortified cookies and milk, exercises and strong-thought meditation. All that is hard on his favorite pajamas. Mom suggests new ones, but new ones wouldn’t be favorite ones. She mends his old pajamas and suddenly Timothy is superstrong. He puts his powers to good use with the help of his sock monkey, Monkey. They save an elephant lady, sailors, a princess and several others. Just before bedtime, Timothy helps a giant bear find the forest to hibernate. The bear accidentally falls asleep on Monkey and tears Timothy’s pajamas. His super strength gone, Timothy doesn’t know how to save Monkey. Good thing he has made plenty of new friends. Half of the team behind the surreal Adventures of a Nose (2002) has created an absolute winner. The comic-inspired thick-line illustrations are a perfect marriage of the sense of humor of Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola and Kevin Henkes’s Lilly for toddler boys (and girls)." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⋆ "Timothy Smallbeast longs to be big and strong, so he drinks “fortified” milk, exercises, and “thinks STRONG thoughts.” However, it is only when he wears his favorite pajamas, repaired by his mother with “PATCHES of POWER and the BUTTONS of BRAVENESS,” that Timothy becomes the superhero of his dreams. Using his abilities, he catches a falling elephant, carries a mountain of packages for an elderly woman, rescues a princess, rights a sinking ship, drags an alligator back to the zoo, and carries a huge bear into the “deep dark forest.” When he tries to pull his sock monkey from under the sleeping bear, though, his pajamas rip and his power disappears. But never fear – all those recipients of his help now come to Timothy’s aid and deliver him and his stuffed toy safely back home. The watercolor illustrations vary from small vignettes, to vertical and horizontal paneled scenes, to full pages and spreads. Especially dynamic are the depictions of tiny Timothy carrying a bear so huge that he encompasses two pages, and the close-up rip of his pajamas (you can almost hear the material tear) as he tries to pull sock monkey from under the bear’s giant paw. Youngsters who long to be strong and powerful will enter into this fantasy with gusto." - School Library Journal, starred review

"[A] beguiling premise, affectionately developed in boldly limned illustrations where comic book–style dialogue balloons are supplemented with narrative; meanwhile, frames and vignettes open into imaginative vistas, bright with saturated colors. Lively, funny, and true to the spirit of children’s play - a satisfying adventure." - Horn Book

"The narrative has an enjoyably breathless and exclamatory tone, spiced up by often wry or over-the-top observations in speech bubbles (“You are wearing the paTches of power and the BuTTons of Braveness,” Monkey explains to Timothy), that’s sure to both tickle and entice youngsters.... A cozy and empowering readaloud to youngsters snuggled up in their own lovingly repaired pajamas." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"No way you'll want to miss the action these two proceed to pack in before bedtime." - The Washington Post

"A tribute to friends, family and magic clothing." - Chicago Tribune 


Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Spring 2008
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-545-03329-2
Price: $16.99 / $20.99 Can
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Page Count: 40
Foreign Rights: Scholastic UK
Translation Rights: Scholastic UK
Rights Available? yes