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PreS-K–Logical explanations and direct evidence will not sway Jake. The young penguin believes that ghosts inhabit his bedroom at night. Emitting their eerie noises from all corners of his room, they keep him and his stuffed animals terrified. Believing the ghosts need to be driven away, he hollers for his dad. As readers soon see, there are no ghosts in Jake's bedroom, but, if we are to believe as he does, it is because his dad's quick appearance and thorough investigation have chased them away. This story is kept lighthearted with the addition of animated stuffed animals and humorous illustrations of Jake's father looking for ghosts. Each spread is a view of the child's bedroom, with the text on the verso and the illustrations on the recto. Gray backgrounds are illuminated by moonlight from the window and a glowing table lamp beside the bed. Told mostly through dialogue between parent and child, this picture book starring two charming penguins dispels bedtime fears by replacing them with belief in a father's love.Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Jake is a small penguin who just can’t sleep. He hears things under the bed (sssh . . . sssh . . . sssh), and he calls to his father: There’s a ghost under my bed! Dad comes right away, and even though he’s convinced that ghosts don’t exist he looks around the room before he tucks Jake in. Then Jake hears more noises. Is the ghost hiding behind the curtains, in the wardrobe, in the toy chest? Each time, he yells for Dad, who says the noise is the bed creaking, the wind behind the curtain, the heating, until finally Jake knows there are no ghosts––because Dad has chased them all away. The dramatic, unframed pictures show the endearing penguins, father and son, at the center of each image, facing each other in the cozy, night-shaded room. For young preschoolers, this is a universal story about nighttime fears of wild things and the loving reassurance that soothes them. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Clavis (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160537069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370699
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FIRR-Kids! on February 26, 2011
I don't know anyone who has children or even anyone who was a child that didn't think at least one thing in their bedroom seemed scary in the dark. The nightlight makes ordinary objects throw crazy shadows and the house seems to creak overtime at night. Jake the penguin is very young with a large imagination, so he does some conclusion jumping of his own.

First it is cr ... cr ... crack! that Jack hears. Without wasting any time on rational thought, he quickly concludes there must be a ghost under his ed who is making that noise. Jake's dad comes right in when beckoned, belly flops on the floor to peek under the bed, and deems it a ghost free zone. Shortly after, Jake is sure there is a ghost behind his curtains, in the wardrobe, in the toy chest and under the rug. Poor Jake's dad is working overtime hustling in there to lay every fear to rest.

I thought it was funny that the penguins don't wear a stitch of clothing, but live in a nicely decorated house. Jake has a nice collection of stuffed animals, (including an antelope, bunny and elephant), curtains and the windows and a lamp on his bedside table. Apparently they believe in home furnishings, but not clothing. Eventually, Jake believes his dad that there are no ghosts in his room, not because they don't exist, but because his dad scared them all away. And that's the end of Jake's scary night!
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My kindergartner still sleeps with her nightlight on as she hates the dark. When I saw this book at the library I thought this might be an interesting read that might just alleviate her fear of the dark. This is indeed a cute little story - young penguin Jake has a restless night as he tosses and turns in his bed, imagining all sorts of noises and fearing there are ghosts under his bed. He keeps calling out for his dad (refreshing to read this since it is mommy that usually gets called in, especially in our home), and dad is very reassuring, checking under the bed, behind the curtain, etc. and making the point that "ghosts don't exist."

It is only after every nook and cranny has been given the once over that young Jake finds reassurance that there are no spooky, creepy things lurking about. The story affirms the deep love between a parent and child, and of the importance of reassuring young ones and making them feel safe. The illustrations are simple yet effectively capture the fears that a young child might have during bedtime. It makes for a wonderful bedtime read.
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