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Huggly Takes A Bath (The Monster Under the Bed) Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Unknown edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590918206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590918206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

With a name like "Huggly," the humorous hero of Arnold's Huggly Gets Dressed proves none too fearsome, even if he is "The Monster Under the Bed." From the moment he emerges from beneath a "people child's" red blanket, the green-skinned, yellow-stomached Huggly smiles benignly. He tiptoes to the well-lit bathroom, where he scrubs between his toes with the family toothbrushes and douses himself in a white froth of liquid soap and bath water. Covered in bubbles, Huggly is mistaken for a "fluffy white ghost" by a sleepy boy, but the conclusion finds him safely under the bed again, no damage done. Arnold's lively colored-pencil and watercolor images of this spiny-backed dino-frog take the threat out of the bedtime beast; it's impossible to fear a curious, buggy-eyed monster who tastes toothpaste and plays in the tub. Best of all, readers may even feel inclined to bathe after Huggly endorses a slippery combination of shampoo and water: "This is the best slime pit ever!" Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-When the house is dark and quiet, Huggly, a pudgy green monster, crawls out from under the bed to explore and finds his way to the bathroom. He discovers true delight when he falls into the bathtub and accidentally turns on the water. Using lots of bubble bath, he transforms himself into a snow monster, a dragon, and even a ghost. Then the "people child" comes in and Huggly makes his escape in a huff of bubbles. His nighttime adventure will delight preschoolers and early readers alike. Arnold's signature illustrations with lots of colorful squiggles augment the brief text, showing the creature's reaction to tasting soap and his mystification over the "big bowl with a lid." Children will chuckle as Huggly uses the family toothbrushes to clean between his toes. While the tale ends with a whimper rather than a bang, this book will tickle funny bones at storytime and bedtime.
Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Born in Elmira, New York, Tedd grew up in a family of six with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Carol, started their family in Tallahassee where Tedd worked as a commercial illustrator. Carol, a Kindergarten teacher, drew Tedd's attention to children's books. Their first son, Walter, inspired his breakthrough picture book, No Jumping on the Bed!. His second son, William, now stars in No More Water in the Tub!, a sequel to his first book. He has now published more than 30 books as author and illustrator. When not working on his books, Tedd's interests include tennis, sketching, reading, coin collecting, and the computer."The inspiration to begin writing and illustrating for children came from my wife, Carol. As a kindergarten teacher, she collected picture books. I was attracted to their colorful pages and the way the words and pictures played with each other, much like the captioned cartoons I had drawn when I was young."Perhaps the biggest surprise of my career as an author is that I'm now going back to elementary school! Visiting young readers in classrooms and libraries is something I love. Kids keep me on my toes and they ask a lot of questions. The number one question seems to be, 'Where do you get your ideas?' It's also the hardest question to answer because every idea is different. Some ideas seem to pop out of thin air -- while I'm in the shower or walking the dog. Others come from reading or research. But most of my ideas come from my family and the things they do and say."For instance, one time when my first son, Walter, was five years old, I found him lying on the couch, looking pale as a ghost and clutching a Bible to his chest. He was praying! When I asked what was wrong, he wouldn't answer. In fact, he wouldn't even open his mouth. My wife, Carol, finally coaxed a response from him: he pointed inside his mouth. Carol exclaimed, 'You have a loose tooth!' Walter's eyes nearly popped out with fright. We quickly assured him that it was perfectly okay for his tooth to come loose and that a new one would replace it. But Carol and I looked at each other and realized that despite all our efforts to be good parents, we had somehow completely forgotten to warn Walter that teeth fall out! He had thought he was falling apart! I made a little note in my journal; then ten years later, I expanded that memory into my book Parts."Tedd Arnold lives in Elmira, New York, with his wife, Carol, two sons, Walter and William, two cats, Cody and Frankie, and one dog, Hershey.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have a 3 and 7 year old boys who love the books. My 3 year old loves to hear about Huggly over and over. The books are easy for my 7 year old to read on his own. I would love to see more stories about Huggly and his adventures. Thank you so much for providing such great stories for my kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By monique madigan on May 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
Even though Huggly is written for slightly older children, my 31-month-old son laughed hilariously the first time I read Huggly Takes A Bath to him. We just got the book yesterday, and he has requested it twice more - with no abatement of giggles! He especially likes when Huggly takes a bite of soap - "Yuck!" We're both hooked - we're going to have to read all the Huggly books.
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Format: Hardcover
I have 2 year old and 3 year old boys and the both LOVE Huggly. This book is imaginative and fun with the lovable and curious Huggly, the monster under the bed. My kids love that Huggly is a mischief maker who likes to explore the people's world. The illustrations are wonderful. My kids request this book over and over. I cannot wait for more of Huggly's adventures!
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By WendyLou on May 9, 2014
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We love Huggly. This book is so silly and fun. We giggle every time we read it, and we always read it more than once!
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