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The Monster Bed

by Jeanne Willis

Other authors: Susan Varley (Illustrator)

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A little monster is afraid to go to bed because he thinks humans will get him while he is asleep.

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I had high hopes for this book. I love the illustrations (although the cover could be better). And the story moves along. However there is a page where the little dragon purposely hurts his mother, that I don’t agree with. And it’s just glossed over. So no, not this book, not for me, and not for my library. ( )
  LibrarianRyan | Jun 17, 2019 |
Jeanne Willis is the English author of several children's books. She is the recipient of awards, including the Red House Book Award and Silver Smarties Prize. Susan Varley is an English illustrator, who won the Mother Goose Award in 1985. Source: Wikipedia. This book puts a spin on the usual bedtime drama. "A little monster is afraid to go to bed because he thinks humans will get him while he is asleep." Source: The summary on the back of the book's title page.
  uufnn | Jul 28, 2018 |
I like this reversal of the common fear but I don't know if it would actually be reassuring to children who are fearful of monsters under their bed. I love the inclusion of a stuffed toy monster from [b:Where the Wild Things Are|19543|Where the Wild Things Are|Maurice Sendak|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61mzRB7PCmL._SL75_.jpg|3020535]. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Dennis is a monster that is scared that humans live under the bed. He tells his mother how scared he is and wants her to promise him that humans do not live under the bed. Dennis is so frightened he decides to sleep under the bed so humans will not get him. A young boy travels into Dennis’s home and into his bed. He wasn’t tired and was worried about monsters, he checks under the bed and spots Dennis the monster under the bed. The book is very interesting because it teaches children of the opposite fear. Most children do fear monsters under the bed so it helps them get over that fear by placing the characters in the book the monster. ( )
  tanafernandez | Mar 9, 2016 |
This book is a twist on when parents tell you that there are no monsters under the bed. It was a funny book because in the end a little boy looks under a bed and finds a monster and gets scared. The last page of the book was my favorite part because it states "just think how you'd feel if she were to tell you that you are not real!"
I don't think I would read this book to a class, even though I liked it, because it is not really related to anything that they could learn. ( )
  krausch | Apr 28, 2015 |
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Willis, Jeanneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Varley, SusanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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The artist gratefully acknowledges the permission granded by Maurice Sendak for the use of characters from Where the Wild Things Are, ©1963 by Maurice Sendak.
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