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What's Under the Bed?
by Joe Fenton


Overview - Fred doesn't want to go to sleep, he's worried about what is hiding underneath his bed. Is it big? Is it small? Is it skinny? is it tall? Hardly any text is needed to tell this adorable story because the accompanying illustrations are so lively and bold.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Fred doesn't want to go to sleep, he's worried about what is hiding underneath his bed. Is it big? Is it small? Is it skinny? is it tall? Hardly any text is needed to tell this adorable story because the accompanying illustrations are so lively and bold. And never fear, what is under the bed is as harmless as Ted, Fred's stuffed bear.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781416949435
  • ISBN-10: 1416949437
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publish Date: September 2008
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Bedtime & Dreams
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Imagination & Play

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 57.
  • Review Date: 2008-09-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fenton channels the dark humor of Edgar and Ellen and other creepsters in his first picture book. Putting himself to bed, Fred cannot stop worrying about creatures that might be lurking beneath it. Employing a very simple AB rhyme scheme, the book is a litany of Fred's fears. “Is it tall? Or rather small?” Fred, his haplessness signaled by the oversize glasses he wears even to sleep, finally summons the courage to peer under the bed and, predictably, finds his teddy bear, Ted. The ending suggests that Fred will spend the night awake anyway. “What's that noise? What's that sound?/ Is there something on the ground?” Although the text feels obvious, the cartoon art—shaded b&w drawings, with one additional spot of color per spread—is highly effective as it mimics the odd, shadowy perspectives and strange angles a child sees when peering around a dark room. White googly-eyes pop from the pages, and the hairy hungry creatures Fred imagines are at once scary and, for the stouthearted, humorous. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Halloween reading for scaredy-cats

While reading about scary things under the bed might not make the fears go away, Joe Fenton's newest, What's Under the Bed?, will give little scaredy-cats something to laugh at. When bespectacled Fred climbs into his bed with Ted, his stuffed bear, it's time to begin his nightly wonderings. "What's that noise? What's that sound? Is there something on the ground?" The black-and-white illustrations, at times punctuated with the imagined monster's colors, are oversized to the point of hilarity—especially the very big head, complete with little hairs. When Fred discovers the object of his fears, he can finally go to sleep .Ê.Ê. or maybe not.

 
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