BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP by Kristyn Crow

BEDTIME AT THE SWAMP

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Sitting in the moonlit swamp with his West Highland white terrier, a boy hears, “Splish splash / rumba-rumba / bim bam BOOM!” and knows it’s a swamp monster. He high-tails it up a willow, but his sister comes to tell him Ma wants him home for bedtime. When they hear the monster again, she joins him up the tree. Each time a relative arrives to fetch him home, they end up in the tree. Even the monster is frightened into joining them by the strange sound—and then Ma herself appears to march her brood off to bed. They all go “splish splash” in the bath, “rumba-rumba” with their toothbrushes, “bim bam” up the stairs and “BOOM!” into bed. Crow’s rhythmic chant and rhymed text are nicely brought to life by Pamintuan’s bright, swampy, expressive art, the clean lines and colors making the most of the absurd situation. Bedtime and monsters haven’t gone together so well in years. Worth a second copy to have on hand for storytimes on either topic. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-083951-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2008




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