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Musical beds
Bergman, Mara.
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Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A father and his three children all switch beds as they try to get settled for the night.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 66981.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's bedtime for Josie, Ruby, and Little Rick. Dad has tucked them all in, each in their own beds. But they can't sleep. So each sets off to find a more comfortable a dance of musical beds.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. Josie couldn't sleep, because the moon was shining too brightly and the shadows on the wall looked like a witch, so she went across the hall, slipped into her parents' big empty bed, and fell fast asleep. Her sister, Ruby, couldn't fall asleep, because her room was too cool and she was hearing noises, so she also climbed in her parents' bed and soon was fast asleep. Little Rick was lonely and wanted to sleep with Dad, so he crawled into the bottom bunk, where Ruby usually slept and where Dad was now trying to read his book. Little Rick's kicks and pushes were keeping Dad up, so . . . Dad carried his sleeping children, one by one, to their very own beds and then, finally, settled down in his bed, where he fell fast asleep. Most kids will relate to the fears of the children in the story as well as their shuffling around in beds trying to get comfortable. The appealing artwork keeps the tone of the story upbeat with scenes that are bright and cheerful while still giving the feeling of nighttime. A good selection for sweet dreams at home or for a story hour with a bedtime theme. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

A variety of minor disturbances sets off a round of bed-hopping in this mildly farcical yet soothing family story. Josie (escaping the scary shadows on the wall) goes to Mom and Dad's room; her bunkmate, Ruby (escaping scary noises), follows suit. Dad, his own bed now occupied, sacks out in the girls' room, but then lonely Little Rick plunks down next to him and crowds Dad out. Belgian illustrator Pottie spotlights the expressive, sleepy faces of the characters, shown nestling in plump beds packed with stuffed animals and patterned comforters. Fuzzily outlined in black, her figures and objects are rendered with childlike simplicity. Bergman's (Bears, Bears, Everywhere) language, while sometimes musical, is not always apt. The meter and rhyme set up in the first four lines of the text are abandoned and used thereafter only sporadically. Some of the similes seem more alliterative than meaningful (Ruby is as "quiet as a carrot," and Dad falls fast asleep as "tired as a turnip"). While the illustrations are appealing, the narrative is a bit pedestrian. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-This charming story is told in simple language and illustrated with big, blocky shapes and colors. Josie, Ruby, Rick, and their dad spend the night switching beds when the youngsters wake up feeling scared, cold, lonesome, or crowded, respectively. Eventually they all get sorted out and end up asleep in their rightful places just in time for their mother to come home and give them a kiss. Pottie's inviting art leads readers' eyes across the pages and lets them peek through upstairs doorways as the whole family wanders the halls. The author and illustrator convey the palpably safe, swaddled-in feeling that comes from (eventually) being snug in one's own bed. This quaint vignette of family life will spark instant recognition for many children.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.