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The Magic Bed Hardcover – September 9, 2003


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PreS. When little Georgie outgrows his crib, he chooses an antique replacement that is inscribed with the promise of magic if he says his prayers and a secret password, which he finally discovers. Every night thereafter, Georgie embarks on a new and different journey: through the jungle, on a swim with dolphins ("which is why his bed was sometimes wet in the mornings"), in the stream of dreamtime traffic, or racing geese and witches. Then Georgie's family replaces his magic bed with a bland new one, but he manages one last flight. The ambiguous ending is a bit weak, the subject (a child's secret nighttime adventures) isn't new, and a few details are unclear: Whom does Georgie live with? How old is he? But Burningham's simple, sly sentences and whimsical mixed-media art will immediately transport children on their own imagined departures, while reassuring little ones who are dreading new, big beds of their own. Gillian Engberg
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"Burningham's a dab hand at leaving a story hanging in mid-air, and, a s ever, this moving and poetic hymn to the power of imagination invites and rewards any amount of personal interpretation" -- Joanna Carey Guardian "The book has its moments of suspense and an engagingly suggestive ending, but best of all is the succinct, expressive, sketchy style, which communicates emotions, characters, settings and atmosphere with great precision" -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times "Burningham's story taps into the limitless realm of a child's imagination. It's a classic tale from one of the best around" -- Damian Kelleher Metro Life "The story has a strong appeal because it is a fantasy that is true to reality: everyone has a kind of magic bed" -- Jane Doonan TES "An ideal showcast for what Burningham does best: blending domestic detail with expressionistic emotion and scale" -- Sally Williams Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (September 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375824235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375824234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John's first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career.

John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children's books including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1964); Mr Gumpy's Outing (Jonathan Cape, 1970) also awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Jonathan Cape, 1972); The Shopping Basket (Random House, 1980); The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin/Puffin, 1983); Granpa (Jonathan Cape, 1984) later made into an animated film and Oi! Get off our Train (Jonathan Cape, 1989) and various books for adults England (Jonathan Cape, 1992); France (Jonathan Cape, 1998); The Time of Your Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002) and When We Were Young (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004).

Tug of War was republished in 2012, and a special edition of Borka, celebrating 50 years in print, was published in June 2013. Picnic appeared in the autumn of 2013 and The Way to the Zoo was published in the UK in 2014. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is celebrating its 50th year in print with a limited edition in hardback to be published in 2015.

John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.

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Another great book from John Burningham. It teaches wonderful lessons without hitting kids over the head with them. For example, when Georgie gets a bed from a second-hand store, he discovers what's interesting and magical about it rather than yearning for something new. Beautiful, creative illustrations. My kids love this book!
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By bdmommy on February 3, 2012
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My son, who is 7, loves this book. It makes bedtime exciting. In fact, we bought this copy as a gift and he was disappointed that it was for someone else!
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By Shizuko Fulk on May 13, 2013
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I gave to my grand daughter and she enjoyed well. I make a good choise.Now she is grown but you made her happy.
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By elinam on January 12, 2015
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Love this book and the illustrations. My grandson loved it and he is only 18 months old.
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