Bedtime at the Swamp

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Splish splash
rumba-rumba
bim bam boom!

It's bedtime at the swamp—except somebody's not ready. Somebody's still splashing in the water and the mud.

Is there a monster on the loose?

Kristyn Crow has taken every child's worst nightmare and transformed it into a frolic through swampland. With funny ...

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Overview

Splish splash
rumba-rumba
bim bam boom!

It's bedtime at the swamp—except somebody's not ready. Somebody's still splashing in the water and the mud.

Is there a monster on the loose?

Kristyn Crow has taken every child's worst nightmare and transformed it into a frolic through swampland. With funny illustrations and a catchy refrain, this story won't scare little monster too much before bedtime.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
A boy and his dog are "sittin' by a swamp just hummin' a tune with the fireflies dancin' ‘neath the fat gold moon, when off in the distance was a splashin' sound, so I stood on my tippy-toes and looked around. I heard "Splish splash, rumba-rumba, bim bam boom!" A monster is after them so they run up a willow tree and peer down. There is the boy's little sister telling him to come, ‘cause Ma says it's time for bed. The boy warns his sister about the monster, which starts splishin' and splashin' again. The sister runs up the tree. Their older brother appears to call them home and he ends up running up the tree when they hear the monster rumba-rumbaing again. Next come the family's two cousins, who also end up in the tree. The tree is beginning to sag with all the extra weight it is carrying. When the crew hears the monster bim bam booming toward them, they're sure to die. But just as he's about get them, "splish splash, rumba-rumba, bim bam boom!" echoes through the swamp. Who can this be? Even the monster is scared. "Then out of the darkness stomped my dear ol' MA! She burst through the cattails and she cried, ‘Ah-HA! I've been trying to get you children home to bed and I find you a-hidin' in this tree instead.'" The kids and the monster are happy to follow her home for baths and bed. This is a cute story with nice rhyming all the way through and the illustrations join in the fun. I especially liked the monster. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

In this swampy tale set "'neath the fat gold moon," a boy describes what he repeatedly hears: "Splish splash, rumba-rumba, bim bam BOOM!" With shaking hands and a pounding heart, he races through the "sludgy slime" with the mysterious creature at his heels before taking refuge in the branches of a willow tree. The boy's siblings come to retrieve him, followed by two cousins, but all end up high in the tree out of reach of the monster. Then just within arm's grasp of their dreaded adversary, the boy's mother calls for everyone to return; she understands all too well a kid's playful imagination and orders everyone, including "the monster," to get home and take a bath before bed. Lively, colorful cartoon characters set in inky black or deep blue moonlit scenes and offset by crisp, white pages add energy and suspense to the story. The repetitive chorus, a simple rhyming story line that will draw readers in, and the perennial appeal of books that are just "scary" enough make this title an appropriate addition.-Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews
Sitting in the moonlit swamp with his West Highland white terrier, a boy hears, "Splish splash / rumba-rumba / bim bam BOOM!" and knows it's a swamp monster. He high-tails it up a willow, but his sister comes to tell him Ma wants him home for bedtime. When they hear the monster again, she joins him up the tree. Each time a relative arrives to fetch him home, they end up in the tree. Even the monster is frightened into joining them by the strange sound-and then Ma herself appears to march her brood off to bed. They all go "splish splash" in the bath, "rumba-rumba" with their toothbrushes, "bim bam" up the stairs and "BOOM!" into bed. Crow's rhythmic chant and rhymed text are nicely brought to life by Pamintuan's bright, swampy, expressive art, the clean lines and colors making the most of the absurd situation. Bedtime and monsters haven't gone together so well in years. Worth a second copy to have on hand for storytimes on either topic. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060839512
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 806,085
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristyn Crow's worst childhood fear was that Bigfoot would climb through her bedroom window. She and her husband live with their seven little swamp monsters in Layton, Utah. Kristyn also wrote Cool Daddy Rat, illustrated by Mike Lester.

Macky Pamintuan is an accomplished artist who lives in the Philippines with his wife, Aymone; their baby girl, Alison; and a West Highland white terrier named Winter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

    Great book!

    My little boy (2 1/2) LOVES this book. Now all he wants to read is "rumba rumba". Everynight. The illustrations and the story are incredible. I highly recommend it.

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