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There's a Monster Under My Bed Paperback – September 30, 1990


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Kindergarten-Grade 2 Simon is sure there is something under his bed. In fact, he's positive he can hear it breathing and feel it thumping. As he stares into the darkness (it's his first time without a night light), he imagines what the monster under the bed looks like. A quick check under the bed with a flashlight reveals that there is something under thereyounger brother Alex, who is hiding from the monster he is certain is under his own bed. The brothers snuggle happily together in Simon's bed, safe at last . . .unconscious of a pair of eyes shining out from under their bed! Not for the very young or timid, this will nonetheless strike a responsive chord in many youngsters who have experienced similar fears. As Simon's anxiety grows, a new set of blobby monsters appears, looking rather more clumsy than sinister, and each more bemused than the last. Simon's wide-eyed, droll expressions match the text nicely, which is often choppy but reflective of a young boy's speech ("Now it's too late. He' s there. Waiting. Waiting for me."). Not a particularly good choice for a bedtime story, but still an amusing tale during the safe daylight hours.Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Something is under Simon's bed. He can hear it breathing. Is it a monster? Simon has to find out. He shines a flashlight under the bed, to discover that something is hiding there - but what?

This warm and humorous story will delight any child who has ever envisioned monsters lurking in the bedtime darkness.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 30, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689714092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689714092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Howe has written more than eighty books in the thirty-plus years he's been writing for young readers. It sometimes confuses people that the author of the humorous Bunnicula series also wrote the dark young adult novel, The Watcher, or such beginning reader series as Pinky and Rex and the E.B. White Read Aloud Award-winning Houndsley and Catina and its sequels. But from the beginning of his career (which came about somewhat by accident after asking himself what kind of vampire a rabbit might make), he has been most interested in letting his imagination take him in whatever direction it cared to. So far, his imagination has led him to picture books, such as I Wish I Were a Butterfly and Brontorina (about a dinosaur who dreams of being a ballerina), mysteries, poetry (in the upcoming Addie on the Inside), and fiction that deals with issues that matter deeply to him. He is especially proud of The Misfits, which inspired national No Name-Calling Week (www.nonamecallingweek.org) and its sequel Totally Joe. He does not know where his imagination will take him in the next thirty-plus years, but he is looking forward to finding out.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids who have just started not using a nite light. I read it with my nephew and this book taught him that there is nothing to be afraid of. This is a good bed time story book. Youll be surprised at the ending.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My son is 4 and this is his favorite book. I have read it to him over and over and he is never tired of it. The pictures of the monsters are cute, not scary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Guenther on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book from the library and read to my son. He was hooked on this book instantly after that. He would come to me requesting me to read it to him. I think it helps my son to deal with any scary monsters he had if he had them. Now, my son is infatuated with monsters and loves to read books about them and has NO NIGHTMARES about monsters.
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A Kid's Review on December 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
My little brother is 3 and he got this book for Christmas. I am 12 and I think it is a terrible book for anyone younger than me. The monsters are OK, but once Simon thinks the monster is Alex, why change that idea into something truly scary like there really is a monster under your bed? Yuck. Why would a 4 year old WANT to be scared. I think this book just made him more scared. I had to hide this book so my brother could sleep. Please don't tell my aunt. Thank you.
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Actually to date my favourite spooky story. The children once again loved this story and ask me to read it again and again. They sit there engrossed, watching every page turn, waiting for the ending. They like the feeling of being scared in a safe environment, they know that they are safe sitting and listening to the story. A good story writer helps them to cope with their fears by gently building up confidence.
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By Peggy Thuman on October 7, 2013
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I meant to order There is an alligator under my bed. Mercer Mayer books are much better. The pictures aren't as engaging.
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