Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!
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Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite!

by Diane deGroat
     
 

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Gilbert's day camp is going on an overnight trip, and Gilbert expects nothing but fun. But when loudmouthed Lewis tells him about the Camp Hi-Dee-Ho ghost, he can't help but feel a little nervous. He doesn't want his friends to think he's a scaredy-cat, but some spooky noises in the middle of the night might just put him face-to-face with his fears!

Overview

Gilbert's day camp is going on an overnight trip, and Gilbert expects nothing but fun. But when loudmouthed Lewis tells him about the Camp Hi-Dee-Ho ghost, he can't help but feel a little nervous. He doesn't want his friends to think he's a scaredy-cat, but some spooky noises in the middle of the night might just put him face-to-face with his fears!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
DeGroat's latest clever caper starring Gilbert the opossum (Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink) finds the fellow on an overnight trip to Camp Hi-Dee-Ho. He stoically refuses to pack his teddy ("Sleep-away camp is for big kids") and puts up a brave front when big-mouth fellow camper Lewis trots out some typical camp-related taunts, announcing that a ghost haunts Hi-Dee-Ho and calling the lemonade "bug juice." Around the campfire, after an older kid relates the tale of the alleged ghost, Lewis sneaks up on Gilbert and scares him with a loud "BOO!" In the cabin after lights-out, the hero tightly hugs his teddy (which his mother has slipped into his sleeping bag). DeGroat suspensefully prolongs a nighttime trip to the outdoor bathroom along a dark path lined with threatening-looking trees and, in a signature twist, Gilbert gets a chance to give Lewis his comeuppance. Numerous droll particulars, including Gilbert's Martian-and-spaceship-patterned pajamas and the likable lad's hyperbolic facial expressions will keep readers coming back for more. Those anticipating with or without some anxiety an inaugural camp experience especially will revel in this realistic yet reassuring visit to Hi-Dee-Ho. Ages 5-8. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a great book to present a child going on his or her first sleep-over or camp-out. It shares the excitement and fear of the opossum Gilbert who leaves with his day camp buddies on an overnight adventure. Gilbert is perfectly content until the evening cookout when ghost stories are shared and the camp bully, Lewis the beaver, begins to intentionally scare. Gilbert finds himself all alone in a dark cabin with ghosts on his mind when he hears the worried whimpers of Lewis in the corner. Gilbert has a "pay back" opportunity, but does so with a kind heart and friendly spirit. The illustrations in this text are delightful and depict all the emotions of the story, let alone the different animal friends' distinctive traits. The author has other Gilbert books to enjoy as well. 2002, SeaStar Books,
— Andrea Sears Andrews <%ISBN%>1587171287
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Gilbert and his friends are back for another cozy adventure, this time on an overnight camping trip. DeGroat's text flows well, carrying the kids from their long bus ride to the campground, through a busy afternoon of activities (quickly summarized) to the real focus of the story: a campfire ghost-story session, with the resulting middle-of-the-night frights and a humorous resolution. The events are believable, and even a bit predictable, but amusing enough to be enjoyable, too. Best of all, Lewis, who enjoys teasing Gilbert, turns out to be more vulnerable than he pretends, while Gilbert gets to take some very gentle revenge. DeGroat's familiar animal cast displays decidedly kidlike characteristics, captured in her watercolor illustrations as well as through conversations and behavior. Their furry faces express anticipation and pleasure as well as worry and fear. Even the illustrations of the setting add to the atmosphere with spooky-looking faces discernible on tree trunks while bright fireflies glimmer mysteriously in the dark. Whether they're already fans or new to the series, young listeners will enjoy this mildly spooky, decidedly satisfying overnight expedition.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061340611
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Series:
Gilbert and Friends Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
473,292
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Diane deGroat is the illustrator of more than 120 children's books and the author-illustrator of bestselling books about Gilbert, including Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! (Gilbert Goes Green); April Fool! Watch Out at School!; Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!); Last One in Is a Rotten Egg!; and the New York Times bestseller Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink. Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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