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 EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"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
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