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CREAK! SAID THE BED by Phyllis Root

CREAK! SAID THE BED

By Phyllis Root (Author) , Regan Dunnick (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2004-2
Publisher: Candlewick

One dark night when Momma and Poppa are snoozing in bed, little Evie, Ivy and Mo, in turn, squeeze into bed with them, and each time the bed says, “CREAK,” louder. When thunder booms, their dog Fred leaps in too, and the bed says, “CRACK”—and breaks. “Poppa scratched his head and Poppa said, ‘Guess there’s plenty of room for all in the bed!’ ” Root’s characteristically rhythmic, repetitive text provides lots of opportunity for audience participation and gracefully carries the humor along. Dunnick’s comic, acrylic gouaches illustrate the broken bed with the kids plopped on top of their parents and Fred stretched out across the bottom. Keen eyes will notice the dashing lines that hint at the impending breakdown, and the bolded, all-caps sound effects add to the fun. The droll cover will have kids reaching for the book, and the cozy, humorous story is guaranteed to invite giggling kids into their parents’ beds. (Picture book. 4-7)