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Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author Christian Trimmer and illustrator Melissa van der Paardt.

Simon’s been looking forward to trying out his brand-new dog bed all day. He may be ready for the best nap of his life, but Miss Adora Belle the cat has other ideas. She’s taken over his bed before he even gets a chance to try it—and she’s not budging. As Simon struggles to find a way to free his bed for the Greatest Naptime Ever, he may just discover something wonderful about his new bed: there’s plenty of room for two.

About The Author

Photograph (c) Walker Brockington

Christian Trimmer is a children’s book editor and writer. He is the author of Simon’s New BedMimi and Shu in I’ll Race You!, Teddy’s Favorite Toy, and Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his partner. Learn more about him, his books, and lots of other things at

About The Illustrator

Melissa van der Paardt is a digital artist working in animation and illustration currently residing in southern California. When she’s not drawing, Melissa enjoys playing video games, collecting trading cards, and watching whole TV series in one sitting. You can find more of her work at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2015)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481430197
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"The digitally rendered illustrations of this cat and dog duo are spot-on....Their compromise adds a lesson without being heavy-handed, and the story will delight those with either species as a pet."

– Booklist, September 2015

"Readers with multiple pets or siblings will easily relate to the territorial disputes and applaud Simon’s capacity for sharing."

– School Library Journal, July 2015

Awards and Honors

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Reading List (PA)
  • Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominee
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award (PA)
  • A Baker's Dozen Title (PA)

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