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Creak! Said the Bed
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Creak! Said the Bed

by Phyllis Root, Regan Dunnick (Illustrator)
 

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A stormy night, a snoring dad, a houseful of restless sleepers, and some masterfully humorous timing make this a classic read-aloud for bedtime — or anytime.

It’s the middle of the night. Everyone’s snoozing in bed when out of the darkness, squeak goes the door. Mama’s eyes fly open. Who is awake? Evie? Ivy? Little Mo? On a stormy

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A stormy night, a snoring dad, a houseful of restless sleepers, and some masterfully humorous timing make this a classic read-aloud for bedtime — or anytime.

It’s the middle of the night. Everyone’s snoozing in bed when out of the darkness, squeak goes the door. Mama’s eyes fly open. Who is awake? Evie? Ivy? Little Mo? On a stormy night in a little house, only Papa keeps snoring away — snurkle, snark — unaware of the wild weather outside and the growing number of nervous bedmates within. Can nothing wake him? Creak! says the bed. . . . With a cumulative series of comical events, this delightful story sends readers barreling toward bedlam.

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Publishers Weekly
Silly and slight, this story of an inadvertent and ultimately inadequate family bed is more notable for Dunnick's (The Louds Move In!) buoyant gouache artwork than Root's (Toot Toot Zoom!) text, which never quite finds its rhythmic footing. “One dark night in the middle of the night,” Mom and Dad are snoozing away when, one by one, the kids come in: Evie is scared, Ivy is cold, Mo is spooked, and Fred—the family dog—has an aversion to thunder. There aren't a lot of comic surprises: Mom is welcoming and Dad remains out cold (supplying snores, “snurkle[s],” and other nighttime noises), as the kids eke out unlikely spaces to sleep—on top of their parents' heads and under the pillows. Despite a massive crack that busts the bed after Fred's arrival, peace is achieved, though the last spread hints that it may be short-lived. Dunnick's big-headed, beady-eyed, and slightly clueless cast are deeply appealing: even very young readers should appreciate the humor in a family's single-minded pursuit of some zzzs. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
This title is certain to be very popular with those just learning to read because it uses both rhyming and repetition to relate a humorous tale of everyone in the family attempting to sleep together in one bed. Though this is a familiar theme, it is presented here with freshness and vitality. First, little Evie arrives in the bedroom of her parents and is soon followed by her sister Ivy. Then along comes brother Mo. When the thunder begins Fred, the family dog, runs into the house, climbs the stairs and heads for the bed. Poppa protests that there is not enough room, but Fred promptly jumps into the bed anyway. It is just too much for the bed and it collapses with a loud crack. The cartoon-like illustrations, done with acrylic gouache, portray the characters with exaggerated heads and wonderful expressions that add to the fun. Combine this title with Audrey and Don Wood's "The Napping House" for a great storytime session for four- and five-year-olds. Purchase is recommended. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This cumulative tale begins on a cold, dark night when Momma and Poppa are sound asleep and snoring. The door squeaks as Evie appears, and the bed creaks as she bounces in. Ivy comes next, followed by Mo, while the door squeaks and the bed creaks. The children drape themselves over and around their parents' extra-large heads. Thunder booms and Fred the dog enters with toenails clicking and clacking. Poppa sleeps undisturbed through the children's entrances, but he wakes when the dog barks. "Up Poppa popped./Poppa cried, 'Stop!/There's no more room for Fred in the bed.'" The final spread shows the family—and Fred—asleep on a broken bed, as the floor cracks and creaks. The full-color illustrations are done in acrylic gouache. The cartoon style is a suitable match for the humorous text, which is loaded with sounds. Frequent repetition and rhyming words make this a good choice for emergent readers. Pair this story with Audrey and Don Wood's The Napping House (Houghton, 1984) for a laugh-filled storytime.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
One dark night when Momma and Poppa are snoozing in bed, little Evie, Ivy and Mo, in turn, squeeze into bed with them, and each time the bed says, "CREAK," louder. When thunder booms, their dog Fred leaps in too, and the bed says, "CRACK"-and breaks. "Poppa scratched his head and Poppa said, ‘Guess there's plenty of room for all in the bed!' " Root's characteristically rhythmic, repetitive text provides lots of opportunity for audience participation and gracefully carries the humor along. Dunnick's comic, acrylic gouaches illustrate the broken bed with the kids plopped on top of their parents and Fred stretched out across the bottom. Keen eyes will notice the dashing lines that hint at the impending breakdown, and the bolded, all-caps sound effects add to the fun. The droll cover will have kids reaching for the book, and the cozy, humorous story is guaranteed to invite giggling kids into their parents' beds. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763620042
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.26(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root, author of numerous books for children, exhibits a range many writers would envy. Her counting book TEN SLEEPY SHEEP is as serene and lulling as ONE DUCK STUCK is rambunctious, and her down-home creation myth BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD won the prestigious BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award. She lives in Minneapolis.

Regan Dunnick has received numerous medals and awards for his illustrations, and some of his works are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. He lives in Osprey, Florida.

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