Perfect Picture Book Friday/ What’s Under the Bed?

Hi Readers!

Cheerios Box with book "What's Under MY Bed"

Cheerios Box with book “What’s Under My Bed”

Yep. I found another great book that’s not on the list. Susanna’s list that is. Not only is this review part of the Cheerios first Author Series, it is also part of Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday list of recommended picture books with resources. On her blog she has many books that come with a recommendation and review along with resources for activities and discussion for parents, teachers and others looking for help picking out a book and maybe looking deeper into it with resources.

And as far as the First Author Series go I have collected books from Cheerio boxes on the Spoonful of Stories Program where the author is a first time published author and a winner of the contest.For the next several weeks I will feature one of these books. And the next two Tuesdays  I will be featuring the 2010 winner of this famous contest, Ron Rauss in an interview. So be sure and tune in to read about it.

Title: What’s Under the Bed?

Written and Illustrated by Joe Fenton                                                                               

Appropriate for ages: four to eleven

Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 2008, Fiction

Themes: Humor, bedtime, monsters, rhyme, imagination, feelings

First three Sentences: “Time for bed, Fred!” : “But I want to play with Ted.” : “No,no, it’s time to lay down your head.”

Summary of book: When Fred goes to bed he thinks there is a monster under the bed but after freaking himself out and he gets the courage to look he finds out it is only his Ted.

Resources:  There weren’t a lot of resources on this book but one great site on feelings was about kids talking about feeling scared teacher’s guides about sleeping : :

Why I love it: Because it is a monster book in disguise! This is an endearing look into a child’s mind when he gets scared at bedtime. It’s simple with one sentence a page. And the illustrations are imaginative creations in black and white with only an accent of red.

For more books with resources please visit Perfect Picture Books at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog. And if

2012 Spoonfuls of Stories

2012 Spoonfuls of Stories (Photo credit: GeneralMills)

you’d like to be whisked away through cyber space to the resource page and the list of more marvelous recommended perfect picture books just click on the perfect picture book badge on the right.

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24 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ What’s Under the Bed?

  1. Great selection Clair! Realistic for children who are fearful about what may be under their bed. Nice to find it isn’t a monster, but his friend. Nice resources.


  2. This looks great, Clar. I’m always glad to add another “monster under the bed” title because it’s something so many kids deal with – it’s nice to have lots of choices for them in that department! Thanks for another great addition to our list 🙂


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Susanna. Glad you found this a good selection. I love monster books, too. And you’re right. All kids go through a fear of monsters sometime in their life. 🙂


  3. Love the cover. I am putting this on my list. I can never get enough of monster books!


  4. The illustrations look fabulous. I have a little one who is afraid of bedtime right now. He always has to bring several toys to bed “to protect him.” I think he’d like this book.


  5. Julie says:

    Love this choice, and can’t wait to see the other “Cheerios” selections!


  6. Amy Dixon says:

    Monsters under the bed are a classic! Great choice!


  7. Sandi says:

    There seems to be a monster theme this week! This looks like a great monster book – thanks.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      I’ve been enjoying my Mother’s Day with my son and havn’t had time to go around to the others. Maybe they’ll still be there tomorrow. 🙂


  8. I love funny monster books (not scary ones). This just looks cute and funny! 😀


  9. Laura Renauld says:

    I haven’t seen this one. Looks like a winner! Thanks for sharing yet another great monster book!


  10. JD says:

    great review and highlights for children’s authors…what a great resource.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, JD. 🙂
      We do try and recommend only those books we deem worthy of reading aloud to kids and we hope the resources are useful for parents, teachers and readers alike. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂


  11. conniearnold says:

    That looks like a good book for children who are scared of a monster under the bed. Kids like fun rhymes like that. Thanks for sharing!


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