This wry tale of two brothers who amiably try to outdo each other by creating jumbo-size imaginary friends makes a great read-aloud and is a follow-up to There?s a Monster Under My Bed.

Alex is intimidated by his older brother Simon's imaginary dragon, until he is able to create his own friend--a camel named Calvin.

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This wry tale of two brothers who amiably try to outdo each other by creating jumbo-size imaginary friends makes a great read-aloud and is a follow-up to There’s a Monster Under My Bed.

Alex is intimidated by his older brother Simon's imaginary dragon, until he is able to create his own friend--a camel named Calvin.

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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
Lauren Peterson
This sequel to "There's a Monster under My Bed" (1986) pairs brothers Simon and Alex in another encounter with imaginary creatures. Little brother Alex is distressed to discover that Dexter the Dragon has moved into his sleeping bag, is sitting in his chair at breakfast, and is occupying his swing and his side of the seesaw. But Alex doesn't feel left out for long. Calvin the Camel comes along, and it just so happens he likes the same games Alex does--and unlike Simon, he always lets Alex win. Now it's Simon's turn to feel left out, but in the end, both brothers learn a valuable lesson from the experience: imaginary friends come and go, but brothers are forever. The story is humorous and heartwarming without being overly cute, and Rose's acrylic illustrations are colorful and imaginative. Pair this tale with Kevin Henkes' "Jessica" (1989), which looks at imaginary friends from the female perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442490130
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 410L (what's this?)
  • File size: 8 MB

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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