Sam's parents have bought him a new red bed. But sleeping in this special bed seems to bring on the most fantastic, sometimes scary, dreams. Sam and his dog have underwater adventures, they meet some crazy cats in an underground tunnel, they rock and roll with pigs, and fly through the sky. The New Red Bed is part of the "We Can Read" series from Treasure Bay. This Level One book is designed to be shared by a parent (or other adult) and the child reader. The left-hand pages have more advanced text, while the right-hand pages have short, easy-to-read words: dog on a frog, pigs that dig, tug the pup up. While unique, this format results in a story that is forced, not fluent storytelling. This is not a book a child can read on his or her own. The illustrations are bright and colorful. They bounce off the page with such fun and rambunctious action, it is a wonder Sam gets any rest at all in his new red bed.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-These series titles are designed to be shared by adults and youngsters. The children's pages have large print and only a few simple words or sentences, while those for adults are more difficult. Hansel and Gretel follows the traditional story, minus the stepmother. The pictures are rather stiff, stylized cartoons. Many superior renditions of the story are available; this one's only strength is to promote the concept of tandem reading. In New Red Bed, a boy experiences a series of manic dream adventures when he sleeps in his new bed for the first time. There is no coherent story-just rapid changes of scene, brightly illustrated with humorous cartoons. Subjects were apparently chosen with an ear toward phonics: "-dog on a frog," "-fish on a dish," "-green bats in hats/and big fat blue cats." Budgets would be better spent on traditional easy-reader favorites.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.