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Psssst! It's Me...The Bogeyman Hardcover – September 1, 1998

4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this accurate appraisal of nighttime fear, a bona fide Bogeyman describes his terror tactics. The disembodied Bogeyman, represented as two icy-blue hands with spiky scarlet fingernails, traps a boy at bedtime. As the boy keeps his arms and legs away from the under-the-bed abyss, the monster-protagonist clears up misconceptions, insisting that he doesn't say "boo" ("Boo's a baby word, Bubbie"), and that he doesn't plan to "get ya" ("If I got ya, what would I do with ya?... My job is to scare ya. I don't want to raise ya"). The Bogey's only mistake is admitting his allergy to smelly socks, and the boy's alarmed expression turns to a sly smirk as he realizes how to banish his nemesis. YA novelist Park (Mick Harte Was Here) expertly toys with her victims. Her narrator is both coy and creepy. Likewise, Kroninger's (If I Crossed the Road) cut-paper-and-cloth collages balance humor and horror. As smiling ghosts and skeletons dance on the bedroom walls, looking like run-of-the-mill Halloween decorations, the faceless, flirtatious Bogeyman instills real fright. Varying type styles and colors emphasize key words, and amateur actors can have a blast performing the sinister monologue. The stinky-sock loophole comes at just the right moment, releasing readers into knowing laughter; still, only true skeptics should dare this before bedtime?unless adequately armed with dirty laundry. Ages 4-9.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-Park's Bogeyman grabs ankles, playfully tickles a child's arm while he hesitantly pokes into a dark closet in search of pajamas, and otherwise scares the pants off of nervous Nellies. However, he claims he is first and foremost a true professional who strictly abides by the terms stated in the "Official Bogeyman Contract." A recent tabloid headline, "Evil Bogeyman Bellows Boo: Boy Scouts Go Berserk," has really gotten his dander up. With a "psssssssst" he gets the attention of a wide-eyed boy on top of a bed and proceeds to whine incessantly about the slanderous publicity, sounding a lot like his wolf buddy in Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989). Kroninger's brightly colored paper collages are terrific and the layout, a mix of expressive typefaces with artwork that practically pops out at readers, sets just the right tongue-in-cheek tone for this giggly read-aloud. The Bogeyman's silly histrionics, full of threats, confessions, and complaints, are perfectly conveyed by the long, skinny, ice-blue arms with red fingernails that stretch out from under the bed. Rather than dispelling the notion of a bogeyman, Park and Kroninger go one better: they let children in on the secret of scaring him away for good. A special treat for Halloween, this book is also a year-round panacea for anyone who's ever been afraid of the things that go bump in the night.
John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 610L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689816677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689816673
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
My daughter used to be so seriously afraid of everything that we took her to a child psychiatrist. I can't let her read this book at night--not because she is afraid of it, but because she gets too wound up to go to sleep--laughing, jumping, playing bogeyman with her brother! It provides younger children with the power to chase monsters away themselves. The writing, which amounts to a monologue, is hilarious and very true to the way kids speak. The pictures of the boy's reactions are devilishly delightful too!
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Format: Paperback
We have gotten this book at lesst 10 times over the past year at
our local library. I finally decided we had to own it.
The story is hysterical and really eases "boogeyman" type fears in
young children. We love to read it with our own "boogeyman" voice
(A heavy new york accent!). This is a stroy both parents
and kids will love. Barbara Park is the author and she is
also the author of the similarly hysterical Junie B. Jones series.
Highly recommended!
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Most of us grew up with an irrational fear of something lurking in our closets at night. This book is a perfect foil to this childhood fear. Barbara Park (of the Junie B series) uses clever humor and a twist on the familiar take by having "the Bogeyman" explain himself. It's funny and fun and my 9-year old still loves to read it.

Sadly, it's out of print these days, so finding it new is becoming tough to do. Thanks to Amazon, there are still options to purchase this book used. It's a great humorous story you'll read again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
My 4 and 6 year old sons first found this book at the library. They loved it - especially my 4 year old. He has memorized several pages and will recite them on request. He always makes me call the library to ensure a copy is there so we can pick it up. It is his birthday and I am purchasing him his own copy. It is all he has asked for. I also find the humor of the bogeyman very entertaining. It is one of the funnest children's books we have read.
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I am finally purchasing a copy of this book after my son brought it home from his school library for the fifth time in a row. He's 3 1/2 and I thought it might scare him but I think it actually comforts him. It makes the bogeyman seem funny and harmless and gives kids a magical defense strategy (dirty socks). My son particularly appreciates that the bogeyman runs away to the sister's room at the end.
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This is one of the best children's books I have read. As a parent, I like books that entertain me also. My son loves this book; we discovered it at the library and he refuses to let me return it so we had to get one of our own. Very original. Also, I was concerned about it causing nightmares....it doesn't...it helps them get over fears of the bogeyman and the dark. I highly recommend.
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I have just used this book for the first time this week and the upper graders and teachers loved it. I am a storyreader who travels to many schools reading my favorite books. Barbara Parks is one of my favorite authors be cause of her use of language that kids can relate to, and they can surely relate to the humor in Bogeyman! Jim McKenna, STORYREADER
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My son and I love this book. He borrowed it from his school library every week for several months. I knew I had to get it. I was so glad I found it here because it couldn't be found at local bookstores. It's really nice to see things from the bogeyman's perspective. He actually seems like a nice guy, after all.
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