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What's under my bed?
Stevenson, James, 1929-2017.
Publication Information:
[New Rochelle, N.Y.] : Spoken Arts, [1992]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 book ([32] pages : color illustrations ; 21 X 26 cm)
Grandpa tells his two young houseguests a story about his own childhood when he was scared at bedtime.
General Note:
With book publishe: New York : Mulberry Books, c1983.

Side 1: page-turning signals ; side 2: no signals.

In hang-up container.
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 58976.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 12432 Guided reading level: K.
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Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1073 BOOK Juvenile Mass Market Paperback Picture Books

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Grandpa tells his two young houseguests a story about his own childhood when he was scared at bedtime.

Author Notes

James Stevenson was born in Manhattan, New York on July 11, 1929. He graduated from Yale University. He was a reporter from Life magazine before being hired by The New Yorker in 1956. He drew 1,988 cartoons, 79 covers, and wrote and illustrated articles including Talk of the Town pieces for the magazine. He also drew editorial cartoons for The New York Times and in 2004 began an occasional series for the Op-Ed page entitled Lost and Found New York, which looked back on people and places of the past.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 children's books including Don't You Know There's a War On, The Worst Person in the World, Higher on the Door, The Mud Flat Olympics, Yard Sale, The Mud Flat Mystery, What's Under My Bed, That Terrible Halloween Night, and Worse Than Willy. In 1987, he won the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Nine. He also wrote novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer, illus. by Lisa McCue, is also newly available. The 1958 text, about a puppy who asks his mother for a boy for Christmas, was illustrated by McCue in 1985. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1 What a pleasure it is to welcome a new edition of Jane Thayer's charming book, first illustrated by Seymour Fleishman (Morrow, 1958). More than anything in the world, Petey, a puppy, wanted a boy for Christmas. Nothing else his mother suggested would do, and none of the other dogs would give him their boys. Dejected, Petey passes the Home for Boys where a lonely newcomer sits on the steps. Petey has found not one boy, but 50 boys full of love. McCue's puppy is a frisky, impish dog-pound special, closely resembling her Sebastian, the Super Sleuth of Mary Blount Christian's novels (Macmillan). However, where Sebastian is portrayed with scratchboard, Petey and friends are in naturalistic watercolors highlighted with crayon. The ``Orphan's Home'' of the earlier edition has become a Home for Boys; minor changes in the text are in keeping with evolving life styles; the interracial boys are in cords, blue jeans and sneakers. With updated text and illustrations, an old friend has a new personality, and Petey is virtually guaranteed another almost 40 years of popularity with the picture book crowd.Virginia Opocensky, Lincoln City Libraries, Nebr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.