"Rather ungraciously, the tale's antecedents are not acknowledged—but like earlier versions, notably Laura Simms's variation, The Squeaky Door (1991), it still makes a fine tale for telling, replete with animal noises and loud cries. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
Thompson adapts a cumulative folktale told by Pura Belpre and others, in which a timorous lad acquires a cat, a dog, a piglet, and a parrot as bedmates to help him get over his old bed's squeaks and creaks.
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