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Bumps in the Night (First Choice Chapter Book) Paperback – September 1, 1996


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Trevor Hog believes a seance will be the perfect cure for his friend Dudley Stork's haunted house. According to PW , this comic tale achieves "stratospheric heights of tomfoolery. The deadpan telling could coax guffaws from a stone." Ages 5-8.
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Dudley the Stork's new house is haunted!

When the clock strikes twelve there are thumps in the den, creaks on the stairs, and bumps everywhere.

Dudley's friend Trevor Hog says Madam Kreepy will find out what's causing the spooky noises.

And so, just before midnight, Dudley's friends gather with Madam Kreepy.

No one can guess what will happen when the clock strikes twelve.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: First Choice Chapter Book
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440412862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440412861
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Allard is the author of several hilarious books for children. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexio.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dudley the stork takes his friends' advice and gets Madame Kreepy to conduct a seance. He needs to find out why wierd things happen at his house when he's trying to sleep. My two eight-year-old girls loved this book. Even their older sister thought it was funny. Our favorite line in the story is when the ghost tells Dudley "...I gave you a great, big, wet, kiss in the dark. Did you like it?" Nickelodeon should use this book as a basis for their next half-hour Halloween special!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a student at West Virginia State College currently taking a class called Children's Literature. Our instructor required us to read a banned/challenged book as part of our assignment and write our personal view of the book.
This is a hilarious book! I enjoyed reading it to my 8 year old son and he loved it. He thought it was so funny and not all scary. He loves scary stories, however, he did not find this book to be scary at all. I can see why some people might object to this book. It makes reference to a seance and a medium, but the book references it in a funny way and not at all serious. I would read this book to my classroom. I feel the children would enjoy and get a kick out of this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Hogg on September 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
I recently came across Bumps in the Night on a 100 Most Challenged Books list. I was a little shocked and disheartened... I LOVED this book as a kid. The characters and illustrations are warm and silly, not at all scary. The story teaches us that with an open mind, even things we don't understand can be a little less scary. I highly recommend this book for anyone, young or old.
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Format: Paperback
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
This audio book is about Dudley who tried many different ways to get to sleep to no avail.
He heard a lot of different noises and then heard a sound that was not at all like anything he had heard before. The sound turned the tv on and then off.
bumping up the stairs, smack, it touched his beak and then ran back into bed. He saw the white thing going back down the hall.
The other chapters are when he goes to his friends and ask their opinions about what it could be... One tells him to talk to a median who will talk to the ghost to find out what they want...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SincerelyPariah on April 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm so surprised to read that this is a challenged/banned book. I remember getting this book as a prize in school when I was in 1st grade, and it has been a favorite ever since. The story is fun, the characters are silly and entertaining, and I absolutely love the illustrations. I love the illustrations so much that I carefully cut out the page with the prayer at the beginning of the book and framed it (it is hanging in my hall now!). I still have my original copy of the book, and I read it to my son. Highly recommended...not at all scary!
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