A wonderfully warm and atmospheric book, suffused with magic — from the author of the popular and acclaimed Beegu.
We are the bedside toys.
Do you ever stop to think what we go through,
night after night, while you are sleeping?
Every day they sit as still as stone but at night the bedside team comes to life — scaring away bad dreams, squishing the bed bugs flat and even checking for monsters. It’s hard work, but in the morning, when the child awakes, the bedside toys are richly rewarded.
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Alexis Deacon is the illustrator/author of the best-sellers Slow Loris and Beegu, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.From Booklist:
PreS. A child can sleep from dusk to dawn, but for her bedside toys, the work goes on. Five stuffed animals collectively describe how they spend their nights working (unbeknownst to the child) to make sure their charge, a young girl, sleeps well. Their tasks include checking the cupboards, corners, and under the bed (if they are feeling brave); making sure that the girl is comfortable and that she doesn't wake up on the night Santa appears. The scariest things are bedbugs, which are easily squashed (but not shown) and bad dreams (also not shown), which are scared away when the toys don such things as a badminton birdie and goofy sunglasses. The final scene, in which the girl awakens to cuddle the animals, shows why they are devoted to their jobs. The muted colors and the sketchy loose style of the pastel-type artwork pairs well with the gentle text, and the idea of having such capable creatures standing guard gives the whole a comforting, old-fashioned feeling. Randall Enos
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Book Description Red Fox, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099456974