BUMP IN THE NIGHT by Edward Hemingway

BUMP IN THE NIGHT

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sporting an Elvis ’do and clutching his teddy bear, young Billy confronts his fears and finds that a bump in the night doesn’t have to be scary. At first glance, though, the blue monster that appears from his closet does have him a bit worried. But when said monster handily ties up a ghoulie, ghostie and long-legged beastie that have also appeared, Billy knows he is an ally and not an enemy. The two then set off on a dream adventure involving a pirate ship and plenty of pastries. When another bump from the closet turns out to be his dog, Billy settles down to sleep at last. Hemingway’s tongue-in-cheek text keeps the action moving along and adds a touch of humor. Quirky retro-style illustrations in shades of blue set the scene while full-page spreads alternate with vignettes; clever details, such as blocks that spell out different words according to the action, reward scrutiny. While the field is certainly crowded, it seems likely that this offbeat entry just may find an appreciative audience. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-399-24761-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2008




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