Monster Bed

Monster Bed

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by Susan Varley
     
 

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Little Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because there might be something under his bed. Dennis isn't afraid of monsters—after all, he's a monster himself. He's afraid that humans will get him. His mother says that humans are only in made-up stories, but Dennis is not convinced—but just try telling that to the lost little boy who wanders intoSee more details below

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Overview

Little Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because there might be something under his bed. Dennis isn't afraid of monsters—after all, he's a monster himself. He's afraid that humans will get him. His mother says that humans are only in made-up stories, but Dennis is not convinced—but just try telling that to the lost little boy who wanders into Dennis's cave one night! Rollicking rhyme and delightfully detailed illustrations make this story of a bedtime surprise the perfect book for little monsters.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
A wonderful reversal of the usual monster tale.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Illustrations and text fit perfectly together in this charming poem about a wee monster named Dennis, who is afraid of humans. Dennis' monster mother reassures him that humans don't exist, but that does little to allay his fears. When he meets up with a naughty boy one night, Dennis and the boy run off screaming in opposite directions. I doubt that this book will cure any fears about monsters hiding under the bed, but children are sure to recognize themselves in Dennis and their parents in his monster mom. Kids are sure to want to look at the pictures and hear the poem over and over again. 1999 (orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
There are many problems that plague children when it is time to sleep. Those who are monster-phobic will enjoy meeting this protagonist. Dennis is a young monster who is petrified of humans. Clever rollicking verse and comic illustrations are a comforting way to lighten fears. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 This comic picture book relates in rhyming couplets how a young monster named Dennis, who lives with his mother in a cave, is afraid to sleep in his bed because a human may be underneath. To protect himself, he begins to sleep under the bed. One day a boy playing hooky discovers Dennis' cave and lies down on the bed. Worried about monsters, he decides to check underneath, and to his horror, he finds Dennis and makes a hasty exit. Varley's bright watercolor and pen illustrations are in a perky and cheerful style that at times is reminiscent of Ardizzone. The illustrations are superior to the text, which has a tone of admonishment in its use of phrases like ``a little bad boy'' and ``you'd better behave.'' This would be a good supplement to story times with the theme of monsters at which other night time adventures, such as Where the Wild Things Are (Harper, 1963) by Maurice Sendak and There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) by Mercer Mayer are featured. Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688167073
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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