Mr. Underbed

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A reissue of this humorous bedtime classic by the multi award-winning Chris Riddell, with all new illustrations

When Jim kindly allows Mr Underbed to sleep in his bed he is unprepared for all the other night-time visitors who want to share it too!

All the various inhabitants of Jim's closet, drawers, toy chest, and other places in his room come out and go to sleep in Jim's bed leaving no room for ...

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Overview

A reissue of this humorous bedtime classic by the multi award-winning Chris Riddell, with all new illustrations

When Jim kindly allows Mr Underbed to sleep in his bed he is unprepared for all the other night-time visitors who want to share it too!

All the various inhabitants of Jim's closet, drawers, toy chest, and other places in his room come out and go to sleep in Jim's bed leaving no room for Jim.

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"This is not your typical monster-under-the-bed story. The large blue creature under Jim's bed is very friendly and oh-so-polite . . . Children may need a little translation of Anglicisms such as bedclothes, wardrobe, and dressing gown, but they'll certainly enjoy this clever bedtime story."  —Children's Literature

"A wonderful book that's ideal for bedtime reading."  —Parents Magazine

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Originally published in England in 1986, Riddell, a prizewinning children's author/illustrator of children's books, has completely redone the illustrations of his charming first book. Jim is a young child who is about to go to sleep when he is disturbed by a large Cookie-Monsterish creature who introduces himself as Mr. Underbed and asks to join Jim in his bed. But as the night goes on, and Jim tries to get himself comfortable, more and more creatures join him from drawers and under chairs and all over the room. They slowly fill up Jim's bed, so that there is no room left for him—in fact, Jim's mother comes in the next morning to find him curled up asleep on the floor. In keeping with such deliciously ridiculous names—such as Bumble, the middle drawer dog and Grimble, Grumble and Groan the toy trunk triplets, each creature is drawn with a Seuss like slant to bears, chicks, and elephants. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First the monster who lives under the bed wants to get on top with Jim. Then other creatures follow, until the bed gets so crowded that Jim ends up underneath it. Ages 3-6. May
Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
This is not your typical monster-under-the-bed story. The large blue creature under Jim's bed is very friendly and oh-so-polite. The fun is just beginning when Mr. Underbed tells Jim how uncomfortable he is sleeping under the bed every night. He's just the first of many friendly creatures in Jim's room who ask to sleep in Jim's bed. Colorful watercolor illustrations depict the creatures as they come out of the woodwork and climb into Jim's bed. Children may need a little translation of Anglicisms such as bedclothes, wardrobe, and dressing gown, but they'll certainly enjoy this clever bedtime story. 1998 (Orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Beginning with Mr. Underbed, Jim discovers a host of cheerful, baggy-looking monsters residing in his bedroom, all of whom want to sleep in his bed. Jim decides to sleep under the bed. There is not much here. Although children may find the pictures amusing, Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) and Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are (Harper, 1963) are preferable. This first writing effort by Riddell seems lacking in plot and thematic content, and the brightly-colored watercolors include some garish shades and unappealing combinations of colors. Ronald A. Van De Voorde, Graduate Library School, University of Arizona , Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842708217
  • Publisher: Andersen Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Riddell is the co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, with Paul Stewart. He has illustrated many children’s books including the award-winning Pirate Diary. He is also the political cartoonist for the Guardian and Observer newspapers.
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  • Posted January 4, 2014

    Todays book is the perfect choice for bedtime, especially for ki

    Todays book is the perfect choice for bedtime, especially for kids who have trouble coping with the dark and especially with the idea that perhaps there are alien monsters lurking about under the bed.  The illustrations are truly amazing and the monsters depicted are polite, friendly and  really quite adorable.  The illustrations drive the text and give a great sense of calm and peace as the monsters smile, interact with Jim and curl up in his bed for the night.   Just as he is about to doze off he hears the bedsprings creak, the mattress shake and a huge head poke out from under his bed. Introductions are made and the big blue Monster asks if he can crawl into his bed for the night.  Jim replies yes, of course, moves over, and the monster hops in and falls to sleep immediately with a contented smile on his face.  This is the beginning of a long Monster parade to the bed.  They have been hiding out in various areas of Jim's room, tucked here and there, and as he discovers their hiding places they too want to sleep in his bed.  Finally so many of them are crowded into his bed that poor Jim gets crowded out of it.  His only solution is to curl up on the floor beside his bed and fall asleep there.  This book is a fun read, visually appealing to both child and adult, and will surely bring comfort to  little ones who fear the noises and scary things that go bump in the night. 

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