No Ghost Under My Bed


Translation of: (G)een spook under mijn bed.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Van Genechten's (the Ricky books) cozy pen-and-ink spreads feature Jake the penguin, who's tucked safely into bed, his big orange beak poking out from underneath his quilt. Jake hears strange noises ("Cr... cr... crack!"), and calls in Dad to investigate again and again: "THERE'S A GHOST UNDER MY BED!" Dad, beleaguered but never angry, opens the toy box, peers under the carpet, leaves the nightlight on, and arranges the door just so. Gentle comedy unfolds as the expressions on the faces of Jake's stuffed animals--a bunny, an antelope, a couple of robots--mirror his own, alternately alarmed and absorbed. In scenes where Jake's attempts at sleep are disturbed by the noises, the room's contents warp and sway, as the familiar becomes strange and unsettling; Dad's presence sets things right each time. "There are absolutely no ghosts," Dad says finally. "I know," Jake replies, "because you have chased them all away for me." Even the very young will understand that there were none to begin with, a notion that may banish at least some nighttime anxiety--and provide bedtime giggles as well. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"It's nice to have a nurturing Dad story . . . just right for a very young audience. . . . The abundance of sounds and repetition of key phrases makes it great for reading aloud."  —Kirkus Reviews

"Even the very young will understand that there were none [ghosts] to begin with, a notion that may banish at least some nighttime anxiety—and provide bedtime giggles as well."  —Publishers Weekly

"Youngsters will rest reassured once they see Jake calm his fears."  —

NJ Family

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Logical explanations and direct evidence will not sway Jake. The young penguin believes that ghosts inhabit his bedroom at night. Emitting their eerie noises from all corners of his room, they keep him and his stuffed animals terrified. Believing the ghosts need to be driven away, he hollers for his dad. As readers soon see, there are no ghosts in Jake's bedroom, but, if we are to believe as he does, it is because his dad's quick appearance and thorough investigation have chased them away. This story is kept lighthearted with the addition of animated stuffed animals and humorous illustrations of Jake's father looking for ghosts. Each spread is a view of the child's bedroom, with the text on the verso and the illustrations on the recto. Gray backgrounds are illuminated by moonlight from the window and a glowing table lamp beside the bed. Told mostly through dialogue between parent and child, this picture book starring two charming penguins dispels bedtime fears by replacing them with belief in a father's love.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
When Jake can't sleep, he calls his favorite ghostbuster. His bedroom is bathed in shadow, but both Jake (a cute little penguin with a permanent smile) and his white teddy bear are wide awake. He hears funny noises: "!" There must be a ghost under the bed! Dad is there lickety-split. Must be the bed creaking, he says. After explaining there's no such thing as ghosts, he does check under the bed. Before long, Jake hears another sound--"sshh...sshh...sshh..."--just the wind, according to Dad. He hears noises in the wardrobe, the toy chest, under the carpet, and Dad comes every time to check. In the end, Jake knows there aren't any ghosts because Dad has chased them all away. It's nice to have a nurturing Dad story, and each element--van Genechten's choice of muted but not gloomy palette, simple language, crisp type and uncluttered pictures--seems just right for a very young audience, as is its shorter-than–Bedtime for Frances length. The abundance of sounds and repetition of key phrases makes it great for reading aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605370699
  • Publisher: Clavis
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 1,345,653
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Guido van Genechten is an illustrator and the author of several bestselling children's books, including Alex and the Tart, Flop Ear and His Friends, Peek-a-Poo, the Ricky series, and Snowy's Special Secret. He is the winner of the Reader's Digest Award for Best Children's Books Illustrator and the Picture Book of the Year in Holland.
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