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Children's Fiction Date & Time

Not 'Til Tomorrow, Phoebe

by (author) Julie Zwillich

illustrated by Denise Holmes

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2018
Date & Time, School & Education, Multigenerational, Emotions & Feelings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3


Phoebe’s day is full of tomorrows: Mama says they can make pancakes, her teacher announces musicians will visit the class, and Phoebe will get ice cream after her haircut—but none of it ’til tomorrow. Phoebe feels frustrated and impatient. Why can’t these good things happen right now? Later in the day, Phoebe’s grandmother bakes cookies and shares the secret ingredient to turn today into tomorrow: a good night’s sleep. Phoebe decides she’ll try it out.
This is a sweet, practical story that offers a gentle lesson in the meaning of time. It also addresses the sense of unease kids may feel since they rarely control the way a day unfolds. Bold illustrations full of personality and diversity bring plucky, curious Phoebe’s world to life on the page, making this an enjoyable early-learning read.

About the authors

JULIE ZWILLICH is best known as a television personality, writing and hosting shows on Food Network (Summer’s Best), CBC (Surprise! It’s Edible Incredible!) and TVOKids. She is also an actor, voiceover artist and producer. Phoebe Sounds It Out is her first book. Julie lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and twins. Julie has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States.

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DENISE HOLMES is an illustrator who lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and daughter. Her days are spent drawing in her studio and her nights are filled with cooking, exploring the neighborhood and reading many books to her daughter before bed. See more of her work at

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Editorial Reviews

“Very highly recommended, especially for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 3 to 7.”

Children's Bookwatch

"Kids will understand Phoebe’s frustration, for sure. The illustrations are bold and expressive, with soothing colors to put kids in the mind to listen and learn. "

Mom Read It

"Following Phoebe’s lead may take readers a step closer to living in the moment."

Publishers Weekly

"A sweet story and excellent conversation starter, with a lesson for all ages. Great for one-on-one sharing, and perfect for early readers."

School Library Journal

"Young readers will relate to Phoebe and will come away from this book understanding that tomorrow is something to look forward to, not to begrudge."

Canadian Review of Materials

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