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Bump in the Night Hardcover – June 19, 2008

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This lively story meets nighttime fears head-on with the right mix of silliness and reassurance. Tucked into bed with Teddy by his side, a young boy closes his eyes and thinks about tomorrow's adventures until…there's a "bump" in the closet. Billy tries to be brave, but ends up under the bed. A "blue, bumping, bouncing, bellowing monster" appears and playfully grabs the teddy bear, but quickly returns it when the boy bursts into tears. Billy's fears are calmed, and the two become friends. Back in bed, Billy hears another "bump," but it's only the dog and he's definitely not afraid, "No-siree, Bob!" The acrylic-on-wood illustrations create the perfect mood for this appealing bedtime story. When the lights go out, the artwork glows in eerie moonlit blues. Objects have rounded edges and give comfort in the other-world quality of night. The placement of large and small illustrations enhances the text and accentuates the antics of the energetic boy and his new friend. Billy's Elvis-like hair, huge eyes, and expressive mouth make him a character to love. Children will find humor in the contrast between his courageous intentions and cowering actions. An excellent addition to nightstands and library shelves.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Eddie Hemingway banishes the nighttime jitters. A monster of a good time. -- Maira Kalman

Edward has created a character that is so full of warmth and fun...I adore this sweet book BUMP! -- Mariel Hemingway

Hemingway's tongue-in-cheek text keeps the action moving along and adds a touch of humor. -- Kirkus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (June 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247613
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Edward Hemingway is a writer/illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. The youngest grandson of Ernest Hemingway, he originally hails from Bozeman, Montana.

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Bump in the Night is a wonderful story that young kids will enjoy, and people of all ages can appreciate the beautiful artwork.
Mr. Hemingway does a great job with characterizations and likability of the main character and his trusty canine companion.
Get a copy for you and your kids!
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Billy is afraid of the dark and things that go bump in the night until he meets a monster that he doesn't mind being friends with. Then the two of them have a nighttime adventure that is sure to delight any child who fears darkness, monsters under the bed, or scary creatures in the closet.

Edward Hemingway puts a fun spin on darkness, monsters, and things that go bump in the night. The combination of Hemingway's limited but lively and amusing text and his action filled and sometimes-humorous illustrations creates a captivating story of monsters, ghoulies, goasties, and long-leggedy beasties.

I like that Hemingway's fun creation conveys the message that some monsters are the kind of monsters you don't mind being friends with; especially adventure-loving monsters that chase and rope ghoulies, goasties, and long-leggedy beasties. I also love the comforting message that some things that go bump in the night might just be something you will be glad to see and happy to share a bed with.

The final page of this entertaining story gives the reader the opportunity to take a closer look at Billy's monster. It illustrates the non-scary features of a monster with explanations of why there is no reason to be scared of a monster. For example, "All the bones in his body are funny bones. Funny, not scary."

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I'm awful proud of humanity for coming up with the idea of the monster. And what a wonderfully convenient metaphor it is too! The monster as a symbolic hodgepodge of all our fears and worries. The worst of our nightmares turned on their heads. Sesame Street tamed them. Monsters, Inc. reformed them. And children's literature has dealt with them in a variety of different ways. Whether it's the systematic banning of a monster, scary piece by scary piece, as found in Ed Emberley's Go Away, Big Green Monster! or the soft thoughtful view of differences and prejudice seen in Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Hickman, as long as there are kids there are going to be monster-related picture books. Which brings us to today's item right here. "Bump in the Night" is an old-fashioned concept wrapped in a visual treat. The idea behind the story is certainly something you've seen before, but the packaging renders it original enough to render it worthy of shelf space in any passing library system.

After an evening of playing and picking up toys it's time for Billy and teddy to settle down for the night. But what's this? Emanating from Billy's closet is a heart-stopping "BUMP!" sound. Billy can just imagine the ghoulies, ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties that might be lurking in the shadows. Billy hides and when at last the creature shows itself it proves to be a monster, pure and simple. But not just any monster!
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I love this book. I bought for the daughter of a friend, my son read it and after that he all times ask for "Bump!", so I bought another one for him. Great drawings and plot, and good to go ahead with night terrors...
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Billy has a lot to do before he goes to bed. He settles down finally with Teddy by his side. But then he hears a bump coming from his closet. What could it be? Billy imagines the worst possibilities. But out jumps a blue bumping bouncing bellowing monster. At first Billy was afraid. Then he was impressed. Then he woke up and realized the bump in the closet wasn't what he thought after all.

The illustrations are created with acrylic on wood. Hemingway uses a lot of dark blue to depict night time. They have a 3D cartoon feel to them. They are fun and kids will like them.

This book was interesting and different from other afraid of the dark stories. However, this book is advertised for ages 3-5. I think an actual scary monster coming out of the closet will not be helpful to the younger age group since they will not understand the irony and the fact that the story switches from an awake world to a dream world and back. I did like Billy's character and attitude. I would recommend this book to a slightly older age range of 5-8.
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