Bedtime Without Arthur

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Bella has a very special bear named Arthur, who protects her from monsters.

One night, Arthur goes missing. Everyone searches high and low, but he is nowhere to be found.

Will Bella ever find him again?

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Bella has a very special bear named Arthur, who protects her from monsters.

One night, Arthur goes missing. Everyone searches high and low, but he is nowhere to be found.

Will Bella ever find him again?

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bella can't imagine sleeping without her stuffed bear, Arthur. A black belt in karate, Arthur “guards the bed and keeps away monsters that come sneaking from the shadows,” so Bella can safely dream “of her favorite things, like rainbows and rainforests.” Then Arthur goes missing—and in uncovering the culprit, Bella also discovers something new about herself. Meserve (Can Anybody Hear Me?) is an overly literal writer; it's as if she underestimates her effectiveness as a visual storyteller. Which she shouldn't, because—as befits a book about nightmares, sweet dreams, and strong attachments—her pictures are florid, dramatic, and often skewed in perspective. When Arthur disappears, Bella's cast-iron bed takes on an almost prisonlike quality, as “fire-breathing dragons, slugs and grizzly bears” threaten (even the small stuffed elephant in the corner of her bedroom has a menacing glint in its eye). Meserve's artwork propels the story forward, skillfully mixing drama and comedy, and makes a persuasive case for being an empathetic and decidedly grown-up older sibling. Ages 4–9. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Arthur is always by Bella's side. He eats breakfast with her and even likes pizza, but his primary job is karate-kicking monsters in bad dreams. Then the unthinkable happens: the teddy bear disappears, causing the monsters to reappear. When Bella discovers that the teddy-thief is her little brother, and that he needs Arthur more, she must make some hard choices about facing those nightmares without her bear by her side. It's time to learn to sleep on her own. Bella's willingness to embrace this change rings a bit false, and the overall story feels a bit too much like a prescription for how a child should adjust to growing up. However, Meserve's vivid, dreamlike cartoons function less as a backdrop to the words and more as the primary story. The dragons of Bella's dreams curl around her bed and carry through into the next morning as drawings on her bedroom wall, for example. While the book is a little on the saccharine side and a bit obvious in its message, its vibrant illustrations, gentle story, and direct lesson make it a potential read-aloud for parents looking to wean their child from bedtime crutches.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435147546
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 777,640
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    Fun Read!

    In Bedtime Without Arthur, Arthur is Bella's bear. Although he's cute and cuddly like other bears, Arthur knows karate and works all night to protect Bella from dragons, monsters and other things that might scare Bella at nighttime. After one hard night for Arthur, Bella tucks him in bed the next morning. But, when Bella goes to find Arthur - he is missing! Everyone searches for Arthur but can't find him. Bella searches everywhere and has a hard time going to bed that night without Arthur. Instead of dreaming about rainbows and rainforests - Bella was dreaming of slugs and grizzly bears. When Bella finally finds Arthur she is not happy at all about his location. Now, Bella must decide if she can be brave all by herself at night. Will she ever dream of rainbows and rainforests again?

    Bedtime Without Arthur is illustrated by the author, Jessica Meserve, who studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Her illustrations in this book are wonderful, expressive and fun and are sure to delight the reader as every page is turned.

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