Bebe's Bad Dream

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Bebe has a problem. Aliens are trying to eat her for dinner. She can see their beady eyes. She can hear their slurpy lips. They are everywhere, and they are out to get her.

It doesn't matter to Bebe that her mother and her friends and ever her mean older brother, Walter (talk about a problem!), are telling her that the aliens are just a bad dream. Bebe KNOWS.

Just as she finally knows it is up to her to send ...

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Overview

Bebe has a problem. Aliens are trying to eat her for dinner. She can see their beady eyes. She can hear their slurpy lips. They are everywhere, and they are out to get her.

It doesn't matter to Bebe that her mother and her friends and ever her mean older brother, Walter (talk about a problem!), are telling her that the aliens are just a bad dream. Bebe KNOWS.

Just as she finally knows it is up to her to send them back to deep space, forever.

Despite her mother's reassurances, a young girl is convinced that aliens are coming to eat her, until she decides to trick them into taking her brother instead.

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Children's Literature
Poor Bebe. Despite the reassurance of her parents and the disgust of her friends, she is convinced that aliens lurk everywhere, just waiting to eat her up. Her nasty brother's comments only make her feel more frightened. She finally schemes to trick the aliens one night into taking her brother instead. She is astounded the next morning to find Walter still there. Perhaps, if they did not remove him, they weren't real after all. Bebe is so relieved at this that only pesky Walter remains to spoil her life. But, happily, she finds a way to get back at him. This alltoocommon childhood fearfulness has to be pictured in a benign, comic fashion to dull the edges of the terror. Karas's wildly imaginative, colored, childlike drawings do this very well, in scenes that vary in size from the doublepage horror of Bebe's fullcolor dream blending into a purplish awakening, to small vignettes of bits of action. Perhaps this can help fearful youngsters to laugh away their apprehensions as they join Bebe's adventures. 2000, Greenwillow/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 8, $15.95. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Bebe has two problems. She is so convinced that aliens are coming to eat her that she can't sleep at night, and her big brother loves to torment her. Her mother, her brother, and her friends tell her she's dreaming, but she knows the aliens are real. Bebe manages to solve both her problems bravely and creatively; she gets rid of those aliens and deals with her big brother too in this picture book about the difference between dreams and reality. Karas' pencil, acrylic, and gouache illustrations will remind readers of David Shannon's No David! 2000, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 7, $15.95. Reviewer: Eileen Hanning
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K-Gr 3-Bebe is a feisty girl who doesn't get a lot of sympathy for her fears of nighttime aliens. Her mother tells her, "A bad dream, that's all they are." Her friends tell her, "You should do something about your alien problem." And her brother, Walter, fuels her worries by impersonating aliens. What's a girl to do? She knows that they're real. Bebe's solution is to trick the extraterrestrials into taking Walter instead, solving both of her problems at once. That night, the creatures do steal her brother away, and Bebe is pleased at her success-only to find that it was, indeed, only a dream, for her pesky sibling is sitting at the breakfast table the next morning. Finally, she understands the difference between dreams and reality. Having conquered her nighttime fears, she proceeds to best her brother as well at the end. Karas's story is made humorous by both the text and the detailed, childlike art rendered in acrylic, gouache, and pencil. The vivid portrayals of the ugly space creatures are particularly amusing. Children will root for the engaging Bebe on their own or during storytimes.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688161828
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 11.31 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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