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Format:
Title:
Under-the-bed Fred
ISBN:
9781770495531
Publication:
[Toronto, Ontario] : Tundra Books, [2017]
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
1.
Summary:
There's a monster under Leo's bed making a ruckus every night. When Leo needs to go to the bathroom, he leaps from the bed to the door careful not to put his feet on the floor within the monster's reach. But one night Leo gets tired of being scared and boldly calls out to the monster to see if they can't just work something out. Surprisingly, the monster listens, and Leo finds out that even enormous monsters have fears!
Reading Level:
1-3.

6-8.
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Summary

There's a monster under Leo's bed making a ruckus every night. When Leo needs to go to the bathroom, he leaps from the bed to the door-careful not to put his feet on the floor within the monster's reach. But one night Leo gets tired of being scared and boldly calls out to the monster to see if they can't just work something out. Surprisingly, the monster listens, and Leo finds out that even enormous monsters have fears! Leo and his monster, Fred, team up to face their fears, each with his own unique strengths.


Author Notes

LINDA BAILEY is the author of more than two dozen books for children, including If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur , When Santa Was a Baby and Seven Dead Pirates . She is the recipient of numerous awards across North America, including the California Young Reader Medal, the Georgia Children's Picturebook Award and the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards. Born in Winnipeg, Linda has traveled around the world, and so have her books. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

COLIN JACK is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur , the Galaxy Zack series and 1 Zany Zoo . He also works as a story artist and character designer in the animation industry, and has been involved in productions such as Hotel Transylvania , Grossology and Ed, Edd n Eddy . Born in Vancouver, Colin currently resides in Redwood City, California, with his wife and two sons.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this entertaining series opener from the team behind Toads on Toast and If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, the monster under Leo's bed turns out to be friendly, not frightening. Over five episodic chapters, Leo gets to know Fred, who resembles an overgrown orange bear but can shapeshift into a variety of scary creatures and otherwise behave monsterly when it's called for-such as when an older boy named Sam wreaks havoc with Leo's belongings during a play date gone bad. "Sam the Man... meet Fred the Monster," quips Leo as Fred handles the situation. Zippy dialogue and Jack's energetic digital artwork make this an appealing odd-couple story that doesn't skimp on physical comedy. Ages 6-10. Author's agent: Hilary McMahon, Westwood Creative Artists. Illustrator's agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

A boy tackles his under-the-bed nighttime monster and his insecurities with curiosity, kindness, and a bit of wisdom. Alone in his bed at night, Leo, a white boy, confronts his fear head-on and directly addresses the monster that lurks beneath. The two begin to talk, and, much to the monster's pleasure, Leo kindly gives him the name Fred. A mutual understanding develops when Fred explains that scaring Leo is his job. Seemingly unimpressed, Leo does get a bit frightened when Fred turns into a roaring lion, a fang-toothed snake, and a fire-breathing dragon. Back in bed in the dark with only eyes visible, Leo wisely compliments Fred as the two settle in. "You're very good at your job." Then: " Sleep tight,' said Leo. Don't let the bedbugs bite.' / Bugs?' said Fred. There are bugs?' " Quirky, expressive cartoon digital artwork captures both the anxiety and humor exhibited in the dialogue-heavy short sentences and chapters. Leo's newly acquired companion eventually helps him to conquer an aggressive playmate (also white) and to confidently present his show-and-tell school assignment. In the first of a new series, this extended version of Mercer Mayer's classic There's a Nightmare in My Closet (1968) incorporates themes of friendship, bullying, and school angst, offers satisfying conclusions, and gives readers good reason to empathize with Leo and his alter ego, Fred. A welcome new pair of friends for the chapter-book set. (Fiction. 7-9) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.