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Monster Bed
     

Monster Bed

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by Susan Varley
 
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

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

Meet the Author

Jeanne Willis is the author of Dozy Mare and Mayfly Day. Susan Varley is the illustrator of The Vole Who Would Be King and Why Is the Sky Blue?

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Monster Bed 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BoughtforDad More than 1 year ago
I still have this book memorized and my boys are 16 and 18. We read it every night when they were little and they still remember it. I am buying them copies to take when they go to college so that they will have one to read to their own children some day. It is really cute!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not only one of my (3 yr old) daughter's favorite books - it's one of mine! It's such a cute poem and so fun to read. Thoroughly enjoyed and HIGHLY recommended!