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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416916210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416916215
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For children accustomed to a crib’s nestlike confines, a traditional bed looks about as inviting as an expanse of tundra. This book’s crib-bound hero starts off with a declaration: “I’m a big boy now.” But when it comes time to say “Bye-bye, crib,” he demurs, since that big bed might be a monster in disguise. But Mom and Dad insist, so the boy sends Red Blankie and Big Pillow to check things out, then accompanies a trusty stuffed animal to his new quarters. His sudden acquiescence doesn’t seem founded on much, but kids will like the retro-style artwork, including elements drawn from superhero comics that hint at the bravery and bravado behind many childhood transitions. The portrayal of the “big bed” as a large double bed, as opposed to a more child-friendly kid’s bed, may not boost enthusiasm for little ones’ own big moves, but the boy’s obvious pride will certainly help things along. For a look at another nighttime trouble spot, pull out Harriet Ziefert’s Mommy, I Want to Sleep in Your Bed! (2005). Preschool-Kindergarten. --Jennifer Mattson

About the Author

Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Little Boy, So Many Days, Bye-Bye Crib, Always, A Very Brave Witch, and Bink and Gollie. Her other children’s books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Countdown to Kindergarten, and Snap. Alison is also the Pulitzer Prize–nominated novelist of the adult novel Shadowbaby, which was also a Today show book club selection. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and you can visit her at AlisonMcGhee.com.

Ross MacDonald's illustrations have appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and Time. He is also the author and illustrator of several children's books, including Another Perfect Day, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book; Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book and a Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book; and, most recently, Bad Baby. Mr. MacDonald lives with his family in Connecticut. Visit his website at www.Ross-MacDonald.com.

More About the Author

Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of SOMEDAY, LITTLE BOY, BYE-BYE CRIB, ALWAYS and A VERY BRAVE WITCH. Her other children's books include ALL RIVERS FLOW TO THE SEA, COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN, SNAP, and the JULIA GILLIAN series, about the adventures of a girl who lives in Minneapolis.

Alison is also an award-winning novelist of the adult novels WAS IT BEAUTIFUL? A NOVEL; FALLING BOY; RAINLIGHT; and the Today Show book club selection, SHADOW BABY.She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

You can find her at her website and also on Facebook under Alison McGhee, Author.

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Emily Boles
It made no sense to me that this would be a great way to transition a toddler into a big boy bed.
brwneyeskb
I would not recommend this for children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack's Mom on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I can appreciate the concerns some of the reviewers had with this book. At first glance I was slightly hesitant to read it to my son. However, after examining the book's message closer, it became clear that the author chose to address the fears many children face when they're transitioning to a toddler bed from a crib. I'm a mommy of a two and half year old in addition to being an educator with a background in Children's Literature and I think this is a great book. Most children are afraid of change and transitioning from a place of known comfort to a larger bed can be scary. The author's approach allows for the child to see that he or she is not the only one who has been afraid or resistant to "big beds" and goes even further to illustrate how one such child worked through those fears on his own. This is a sign post of any good children's book: resolution on the terms of the child without some sort of magical or parental intervention. We may think it obscene to depict a big bed as a monster bed, but what's even more obscene is any attempt we may make to play down our child's fears without validating them. This is at truly excellent book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emily Boles on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this from a book club flyer that came home from school. The retro-looking illustrations looked cute, but when I actually read the text I was appalled! How is portraying a big bed as a monster or as a place where a toddler will freeze going to help with the transition from crib to bed? Our son didn't have any worries and has made the move easily, and this book went out with the recycling last week without being read--I couldn't imagine donating it to a thrift store and inflicting it on another family. Good thing it was a cheap paperback edition. It gets negative stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Coyle on April 29, 2010
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This book helped my son transition to his toddler bed. It made him feel like a big boy. I recommend it to any parent who is pulling their hair out over this transition.
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I have a policy to read all books before presenting this book to any child. I have learned from past experiences that not all books should be read to kids and this is one of them.

Many kids who make the transition from crib to bed undergo some emotional changes. While most kids love the changes, some kids are a little scared for the big move. After reading this book, every child will be emotionally traumatized.

Basically here is how it goes. A little boy is thrilled to be growing up. He gave up his bottles and now is making the move to a bed. But the bed is a creepy monster. If this is not enough, he fears to be swallowed up by his sheets never to be seen again. Must I need to go on? I tin this pretty much summed it up.

If you want your child to be in a crib all his life, read this book. If you cherish your little one, and want to see them move onto the next phase of life, do not consider this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brwneyeskb on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift. Since my toddler was moving into a big bed in a few weeks, I was excited to read it to him and didn't read it first.
I sat down with my 2yr old son to read it and when we got to the 4th or 5th page and the bed is a mean looking monster, my little boy said "don't like this book momma". I shut the book and he never saw it again. My husband and I read the book later and it's a truly horrible message. The bed is a mean monster that will "eat you alive" and you "will get lost in the sheets and no one will find you". It made no sense to me that this would be a great way to transition a toddler into a big boy bed. We purchased the Elmo big enough for a bed book....MUCH better!!
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By mccormickhelen on April 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
All 3 of my kids love this book! We talk about how silly the monster bed is since it's not true. No issues here!
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I wanted to get my son some books to begin the transition from crib to toddler bed. He's three. (Why rock the boat you know! He slept great in the crib).

This book has some very frightening themes for small kids. I would not recommend this for children. Way off of the mark.
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