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Musical Beds

Musical Beds

by Mara Bergman, Marjolein Pottie

It's bedtime for Josie, Ruby, and Little Rick. Dad has tucked them all in, each in their own beds. But they can't sleep. So each sets off to find a more comfortable a dance of musical beds.


It's bedtime for Josie, Ruby, and Little Rick. Dad has tucked them all in, each in their own beds. But they can't sleep. So each sets off to find a more comfortable a dance of musical beds.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
A variety of minor disturbances sets off a round of bed-hopping in this mildly farcical yet soothing family story. Josie (escaping the scary shadows on the wall) goes to Mom and Dad's room; her bunkmate, Ruby (escaping scary noises), follows suit. Dad, his own bed now occupied, sacks out in the girls' room, but then lonely Little Rick plunks down next to him and crowds Dad out. Belgian illustrator Pottie spotlights the expressive, sleepy faces of the characters, shown nestling in plump beds packed with stuffed animals and patterned comforters. Fuzzily outlined in black, her figures and objects are rendered with childlike simplicity. Bergman's (Bears, Bears, Everywhere) language, while sometimes musical, is not always apt. The meter and rhyme set up in the first four lines of the text are abandoned and used thereafter only sporadically. Some of the similes seem more alliterative than meaningful (Ruby is as "quiet as a carrot," and Dad falls fast asleep as "tired as a turnip"). While the illustrations are appealing, the narrative is a bit pedestrian. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This charming story is told in simple language and illustrated with big, blocky shapes and colors. Josie, Ruby, Rick, and their dad spend the night switching beds when the youngsters wake up feeling scared, cold, lonesome, or crowded, respectively. Eventually they all get sorted out and end up asleep in their rightful places just in time for their mother to come home and give them a kiss. Pottie's inviting art leads readers' eyes across the pages and lets them peek through upstairs doorways as the whole family wanders the halls. The author and illustrator convey the palpably safe, swaddled-in feeling that comes from (eventually) being snug in one's own bed. This quaint vignette of family life will spark instant recognition for many children.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A trio of tots keeps a weary Dad running in this tale of nocturnal wanderings. A shivery shadow dancing across a wall, the whispering of the wind through the trees causes two of the children to sound out the evening alarm. Yet not even Daddy's comforting words can calm the frightened sisters and soon they are scurrying for the safe haven of their parents' bed. What's a dad to do when his bed is full of sleeping offspring? Nothing but hunker down in a pint-sized bunk bed and make the best of it. When a driving need for companionship sends the last tot scampering into the tiny bed with Dad, Dad knows it's time for everyone to go back where they belong. By the time Mom returns home, all of her loved ones are snuggled up in their own beds just where they belong. Like her readers, the children of Bergman's tale know that Mom and Dad's bed offers sanctuary to every timid or lonely little soul. Her whimsical descriptions of the tykes snoozing in their beds, "quiet as a carrot," "cozy as a caterpillar," and "snug as a snail," are bound to elicit giggles. Newcomer Pottie's vividly hued illustrations are a vibrant counterpoint to the text. Her cartoon-style characters fill the pages with a benign, amiable presence. Perfect to share just before toddling off to the right bed. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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