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No Jumping on the Bed! Paperback – January 1, 1996


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: FBAPowerSetup (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014055839X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140558395
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Tedd Arnold's text and illustrations make every page fun!
Book Lover
Our high school students usually pick it as a favorite to read to the elementary children during Love of Reading Week each year.
Beth Haugeto
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute picture book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Bed jumping. Is there a better pastime for youngsters? Is there a more frustrating pastime for parents? Have you ever heard (or SAID!) something like, "if you don't stop that, you and your bed are going to go through the floor!!" Well, here's what would happen if you ever DID...
Walter is in his bright yellow P.J.'s getting ready for bed. This means JUMPING on the bed, of course, much to his father's chagrin. Suddenly, after a particularly high hump, his whole BED goes through the floor into Miss Hattie's kitchen below (she's eating spaghetti and meatballs, Walter's favorite). The force of this crash causes HER floor to cave in, and they both tumble down, spaghetti, bed and all, into Mr. Matty's TV room. Guess what happens to HIS floor?? Yup!!
Walter plummets through an aquarium, a huge box of collectable stamps, a house built of toy blocks and a painter's studio before finding his way to the surprise ending in the basement of the apartment.
All the neighbors have wonderful rhyming names like Miss Hattie, Aunt Batty, Mr. Hanratty and Fatty Cat, making this book a wonderful choice to teach phonics and language (rhyming, vowel/consonant, long vowel sounds, etc). The illustrations are bright, detailed and engaging making it a "read it again!" selection for everyone. The topic is sure to be one that every child has thought about ("what if my bed DID go through the floor...?") and will provide hours of fun reading. Definitely add this one to your collection!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
What child hasn't jumped on a bed? This delightful and fanciful story of a boy who crashes thru his bed and down successive floors in his apartment building captures the attention of even the most energetic child. Lilting language is sure to capture the attention of adults as well, while adding to your child's language development. Written for the author/illustrator's son, this one is a favorite in my classrooms.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 17, 2003
Format: Library Binding
Author: Tedd Arnold
When Walter starts jumping on the bed his Dad tells him, "Don't jump on the bed or you might fall through the floor." I don't think the little boy wants to stop jumping on the bed. The author seems to understand what kids can go through and I hope there are other people who want to read this book to their kids. This is a very creative book and I think that someone who can write a book and somehow know almost everything a kid will do, must really understand kids. Tedd Arnold is a very creative person. I would read this book to my little brothers, sisters and cousins because it's a very good book and it's appropriate for children eight and younger.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Licastro on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
With Green Wilma being such a hit with my grandaughter, I sent for this book and a few others by the same author. Well, this one is the favorite (tied with Green Wilma)and I have to agree..I love this book too! The story is so simple: a boy falling through the floor, picking up people along the way. I dare you NOT to laugh at the funny pictures and the sound-a-like names, which get funnier as they get closer to the end! I had to read this book 3 times last visit and we laughed as hard the 3rd time as the first!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Haugeto on April 6, 2008
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
No Jumping On the Bed is one of those timeless books that children love to hear over and over again. Our high school students usually pick it as a favorite to read to the elementary children during Love of Reading Week each year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Barrett on August 8, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Lovely pictures, and great story which gently gets your toddler/preschooler to think about why they shouldn't be jumping on the bed! Great fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on July 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a basic cumulative tale. Walter finally jumps so high he falls through the floor, and as he goes on more and more residents of his apartment building fall with him, down and down in a rhyming fashion.

Eventually Walter wakes up - just in time for his upstairs neighbor to fall on top of him.

The absurdly calm quips everybody makes as the whole building falls in on top of them are worth reading all by themselves.

I will note that this is a very long, pretty involved book. It might not be suited for very young children, under the age of four or so.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
My three-year-old son received this as a birthday gift and we've read it regularly ever since. Terrific, energized text and wonderfully imaginative illustrations make for a bedtime tale that literally leaps off the page. Liked it so much we're ordering it as a Christmas present.
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