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Bump in the Night Hardcover – June 19, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (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 (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,611,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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Review

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

More About the Author

Edward Hemingway is a writer/illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York. He originally hails from Bozeman, Montana.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jirik on June 30, 2008
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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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By J. Russell on January 4, 2013
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This is a cute book that helps explain odd noises in the middle of the night for children. However, it is not a very meaty story. I just expected for it to be a little more developed.
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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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this is my 3 year old sons first book to read out-loud all by himself. very proud of him! going to share this book with all my new mommy friends.
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