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There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag
     

There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag

by James Howe, David S. Rose (Illustrator)
 

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This wry tale of two brothers who amiably try to outdo each other by creating jumbo-size imaginary friends was a hit with critics. "School Library Journal" called it "a great read-aloud . . . (which) will amuse young readers".

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This wry tale of two brothers who amiably try to outdo each other by creating jumbo-size imaginary friends was a hit with critics. "School Library Journal" called it "a great read-aloud . . . (which) will amuse young readers".

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this sequel to There's a Monster Under My Bed, one brother invents a dragon to play with, the other invents a camel. "A clever variation on the imaginary friend theme," said PW. Ages 4-7. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-``There's a dragon in my sleeping bag. I can't see him, but my brother says he's there.'' When the dragon appears at the breakfast table and on the swing set as well, it becomes clear that big brother Simon is deliberately shutting out his younger sibling. But two can play at that game, and before long...there's a camel in Simon's sleeping bag. By book's end, both boys have asserted their solo identities and reaffirmed their brotherly bond. Rose's dark palette and solid, heavily outlined forms lend a surreal quality to this almost-fantasy, with the comic antics of a dragon and camel sounding an appropriately lighter note. Text and drawings achieve a neat balance, the end result being a satisfying and psychologically sound excursion into the realm of sibling dynamics.-Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689819223
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
746,818
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

James Howe is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including the modern classic Bunnicula and its highly popular sequels. In 2001, Howe published The Misfits, the story of four outcast seventh-graders who try to end name-calling in their school. The Misfits is now widely read and studied in middle schools throughout the country, and was the inspiration for the national movement known as No Name-Calling Week (NoNameCallingWeek.org), an event observed by thousands of middle and elementary schools annually. There are three companion novels to The Misfits: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011), and Also Known as Elvis (2014). Howe’s many other books for children from preschool through teens frequently deal with the acceptance of difference and being true to oneself. Visit him online at JamesHowe.com.

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