Item description for The Boy Under The Bed by Preston McClear & Nicholas Dollak...
Did you ever wonder what little monsters are afraid of? Boys,of course. Little monster Giles has a boy under his bed.Mom and Dad say there are no such things as boys,but Giles knows better.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 11" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1998
Publisher Malibu Books for Children
ISBN 1929084021 ISBN13 9781929084029
Reviews - What do customers think about The Boy Under The Bed?
Clever but not as appealing as I expected. Jan 16, 2007
The story was not as cute as I had expected and my son seldom asks to read it.
Dissenting opinion Mar 30, 2006
I found the story line thin and the illustrations lacking. It's a great idea, but it just didn't quite work. In particular, the illustrations don't enhance the story. Again, I liked the idea of "primitive" style, child-like illustrations (I love Mo Willems' books), but the execution didn't quite work. Fell flat with my 4 year old.
A BOY UNDER A MONSTER'S BED! CLEVER IDEA, WONDERFUL STORY May 20, 2005
Wow! If there were ten stars, I would give this book that many, if only for the fantastic idea of reversing a familiar situation that most children fear (a monster under the bed) and making it a BOY under a little monster's bed. Clever, Mr. McClear. And this fab author didn't stop at the idea, he wove it into an awesome story that held me spell-bound, as I'm sure it did his many fans of all ages. I grabbed this book right out of my granddaughter's hands because the idea intrigued me so much, and the storyline grabbed me and wouldn't let go until the last word. I highly recommend this book Betty Dravis is the author of THE TOONIES INVADE SILICON VALLEY, a book for kids of all ages that has been endorsed by the Vice Mayor of San Jose, and an adult adventure thriller, MILLENNIUM BABE: THE PROPHECY
4 ½ * The Monster Who Was Afraid of Boys! Jan 10, 2004
A colorful book that doesn't quite reach its potential, "The Boy Under the Bed" is about a young monster, Giles, with nighttime fears that a BOY may be hiding under his bed! When he calls his big-headed (literally), tusked parents into his room, the boy disappears. (The parents later comfort/admonish their son by saying "...THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS BOYS.") But Giles knows better:
"But once the lights are turned out that mischievous boy is at it again, whooping, hollering, and laughing. Jumping from the dresser to the floor and thumping against the door. Wearing a sheet and saying "BOO TO YOU!!!"
Preston McClear and Nicholas Dollak produce playful, colorful books: There's a purposeful discontinuity between the illustrations (a poster on the monster's bedroom door changes 3 times in 3 successive pages) and the effect is like the "I Spy" books or "Where's Waldo.' The monsters are-let's face it-refreshingly ugly, unlike the shaggy but adorable creatures of Maurice Sendak. Still, the first section of the book lacks sufficient imagination, the writing is sometimes a bit forced, and most of the illustrations are from one perspective only-it's a little flat.
The second "act" is much better, as Giles breaks out of his bedroom to courageously help the boy find his way back home. And what a home it is! After journeying through "door #10" they climb a spiral staircase to a `mighty tree-house perched in the skies." It's a remarkable illustration.... row upon row of beds in a Central Park like setting; it's a multi-treed tree house! Boys appear from everywhere, climbing and swinging like monkeys and quite easily forming an easy friendship with the formerly scary boy: "Three cheers for my friend the monster!" Freed from the confines of Gile's bedroom, Nicholas Dollak produces beautiful, cinematic images of the boys and monster romping about the vast tree house.
I would have liked to see more of this imaginative style in the beginning of the book. Still, the subtle message about facing your fears and finding similarities is a helpful one, and the tree house scenes and peaceful ending make it a satisfying experience. (52 pages of text and illustrations on very high quality paper; Malibu again sets a standard for quality production.) Look for McClear and Dollak's stunning "The Sailor and the Sea Witch" and the very funny "Frannie and Pickles" as well!
Instant Classic. Great Bedtime Story! Aug 30, 2003
Many kids are afraid of the dark. Many more kids are afraid of monsters, especially in the dark. This instant classic shows kids that monsters are afraid of boys under the bed, and in the dark. My son wanted to know why a monster would be afraid of him. He then acknowledge what he already knew, that monsters were not real. This is a terrific book for children aged 4-8. The illustrations are glorious and the dialogue is hilarious. It is a wonderful bedtime book that your child will want to read again and again. A companion book or movie is of course, Monsters, Inc., a story in which wonderfully creative and hilarious monsters scare young children when they are sleeping. This story will not scare your child, which was a concern of mine. Instead, you and your child can talk and your child will go right to sleep. Highly recommended.