Psssst! It's Me... the Bogeyman

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It's the Bogeyman, and he's stew-spewin', gravel-chewin' mad. He's tired of all the nonsense people say about him. He doesn't say BOO -- that's a baby word. He doesn't want to get ya -- if he got ya, what would he do with ya? His job is to scare you, and he's very good at it -- unless you happen to know the secret that will send the Bogeyman scrambling in terror to someone else's bedroom.

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Overview

It's the Bogeyman, and he's stew-spewin', gravel-chewin' mad. He's tired of all the nonsense people say about him. He doesn't say BOO -- that's a baby word. He doesn't want to get ya -- if he got ya, what would he do with ya? His job is to scare you, and he's very good at it -- unless you happen to know the secret that will send the Bogeyman scrambling in terror to someone else's bedroom.

A genuine, creepy-crawly, blood-chilling, spine-tingling Bogeyman, who lives under beds, reveals something he soon regrets.

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Publishers Weekly
"In this accurate appraisal of nighttime fear, a bona fide Bogeyman describes his terror tactics. The narrator is both coy and creepy; likewise, the collages balance humor and horror," wrote PW. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this accurate appraisal of nighttime fear, a bona fide Bogeyman describes his terror tactics. The disembodied Bogeyman, represented as two icy-blue hands with spiky scarlet fingernails, traps a boy at bedtime. As the boy keeps his arms and legs away from the under-the-bed abyss, the monster-protagonist clears up misconceptions, insisting that he doesn't say "boo" ("Boo's a baby word, Bubbie"), and that he doesn't plan to "get ya" ("If I got ya, what would I do with ya?... My job is to scare ya. I don't want to raise ya"). The Bogey's only mistake is admitting his allergy to smelly socks, and the boy's alarmed expression turns to a sly smirk as he realizes how to banish his nemesis. YA novelist Park (Mick Harte Was Here) expertly toys with her victims. Her narrator is both coy and creepy. Likewise, Kroninger's (If I Crossed the Road) cut-paper-and-cloth collages balance humor and horror. As smiling ghosts and skeletons dance on the bedroom walls, looking like run-of-the-mill Halloween decorations, the faceless, flirtatious Bogeyman instills real fright. Varying type styles and colors emphasize key words, and amateur actors can have a blast performing the sinister monologue. The stinky-sock loophole comes at just the right moment, releasing readers into knowing laughter; still, only true skeptics should dare this before bedtime--unless adequately armed with dirty laundry. Ages 4-9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Deborah Palgon
This book is for any child who is, or has ever been, afraid of the dark or afraid of the bogeyman hiding under his or her bed. Humorous text adjoined with brightly colored collage illustrations jump out from each and every page. Both young and older readers will enjoy and laugh at the antics of this very funny, but not very frightening, bogeyman.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Park's Bogeyman grabs ankles, playfully tickles a child's arm while he hesitantly pokes into a dark closet in search of pajamas, and otherwise scares the pants off of nervous Nellies. However, he claims he is first and foremost a true professional who strictly abides by the terms stated in the "Official Bogeyman Contract." A recent tabloid headline, "Evil Bogeyman Bellows Boo: Boy Scouts Go Berserk," has really gotten his dander up. With a "psssssssst" he gets the attention of a wide-eyed boy on top of a bed and proceeds to whine incessantly about the slanderous publicity, sounding a lot like his wolf buddy in Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989). Kroninger's brightly colored paper collages are terrific and the layout, a mix of expressive typefaces with artwork that practically pops out at readers, sets just the right tongue-in-cheek tone for this giggly read-aloud. The Bogeyman's silly histrionics, full of threats, confessions, and complaints, are perfectly conveyed by the long, skinny, ice-blue arms with red fingernails that stretch out from under the bed. Rather than dispelling the notion of a bogeyman, Park and Kroninger go one better: they let children in on the secret of scaring him away for good. A special treat for Halloween, this book is also a year-round panacea for anyone who's ever been afraid of the things that go bump in the night.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Kirkus Reviews
In this lively number from Park (Mick Harte Was Here, 1995, etc.), the Bogeyman goes on an extended rap-rant to set a few things straight regarding his personality and modus operandi. He explains to the little boy whose bed he hides under, whose dark closet he haunts, that he is "stew-spewin', gravel-chewin' mad." A tabloid claims to have photographed him and run a headline: "Evil Bogeyman Bellows Boo." Well, he wants the tyke to know, he never gets photographed, never says boo (it's a baby word), and never bellows ("I rarely raise my voice. I'm a professional, Peppie"). But this Bogeyman lets slip his aversion to smelly sweat socks, and the boy, by unloosing a bundle of them, banishes the Bogeyman across the hall, to a sister's room. This is all just good sheer tomfoolery and jive-talking, with pumped-up wordplay and a gratifying finale. Kroninger's collage illustrations are technically impressive, but aren't as convincing as Park's case for the existence of the Bogeyman. Save this for older picture-book fans; it's creepy enough to give preschoolers bad dreams. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689846168
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park
The prolific creator of the Junie B. Jones series, Barbara Park says she wasn't particularly imaginative when she was young. No matter. Park and Junie B. are making up for lost time. In our interview, Park discussed her favorite books and writers, what she's working on next -- and told us a little bit about the antics of her puppy.
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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    LOVE THIS BOOK!

    My kids love this book and I enjoy reading it to them. They beg for me to read it over and over again. They laugh hysterically every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2005

    Fabulous!

    This book is so well written! It is great to read to kids around Halloween or any other time of the year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Kid Pleaser

    2nd Grade Class loved this book and thought the illustrations were great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    A Great Way to Help Your Kids Laugh at Fear...!!

    My 6 year old son brought the Bogeyman home from the school library yesterday, I just read it to him and his 10 year old sister and came right in to buy it via the internet for them for Christmas! This is the funniest 'scary' book I've ever read! I was doing voices and laughing with them! The humor was light, but 90's talk... It really hit on those things that scare my kids - hopefully, as I continue to read our copy to them, it'll help ease those 'Bogeyman' fears that haunt our nights...

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