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

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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!

Gilbert is excited about staying overnight at Camp Hi-Dee-Ho, until he hears about ...

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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!

Gilbert is excited about staying overnight at Camp Hi-Dee-Ho, until he hears about the legendary camp ghost.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061340611
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Series: Gilbert and Friends Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 345,316
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane deGroat
Diane DeGroat has illustrated nearly 100 books for children. She is also the author-illustrator of the popular stories about Gilbert the opossum, including Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo and Jingle Bells, Homework Smells. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly recommend

    My students love hearing "Gilbert" stories. This story, like others by this author, has a good lesson (author's purpose) which leads to a good class discussion and personal writing activities.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Read, read, read!

    Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite! was an overall good book with great illustrations to help set the mood of a frightening night at Camp Hi-Dee-Ho. Lewis continues to give Gilbert a hard time throughout the day; making fun of him, scaring him, and pulling mean pranks on him. On his way to the bathroom, Gilbert discovers Lewis was only putting up a front, he was just as shaken as everyone else. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    What a Fantastic Childrens Book!

    Diane deGroat, writer and Illustrator is a magnificent talent. My granddaughter is 4 and loves books. I love reading to her often. When I found Diane deGroat books I it paydirt, as they say. She loves every book I've read to her by Ms. deGroat. They're funny, full of hiden lessons, wonderfully illustrated and just plain FUN!

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