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Book Title: The Monster Bed|
The size of the: 11.30 MB
Date of issue: April 27th 1999
The author of the book: Jeanne Willis
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780688167073
Read full description of the books The Monster Bed:The Monster Bed by Susan Varley is a children's picture story book first published in 1986. It tells the story of Dennis the monster and Dennis' mum, who live in the Withering Wood. It's a bedtime story that talks of how Dennis is scared not of monsters under his bed- he is a monster himself afterall- but of human children hiding under his bed to get him in the night. "What fiddle-dee-dee" cries his mother as he kisses him goodnight. Just to be sure, Dennis decides to sleep under his bed. Once Dennis is asleep however, a boy gets lost in the woods, and growing tired and scared comes across the cave where Dennis and his mum live. He curls up on Dennis' bed, and as his mum isn't there to check for monsters under the bed, he decides to look for himself. The story ends with the capitalized letter "Yaaaah!" as the boy and Dennis find each-other and run away in terror.
I have immensely enjoyed reading this book to a class of young children. The commitment to rhyme throughout the telling of the entire story can be used to demonstrate the meaning and use of rhymes in writing, and give the story a musical quality that maintains it's pace when reading it aloud. The story being largely based around illustration makes it perfect for developing rhyme with younger Key Stage 1 or even Early Years children. The story is upside down in the sense that it explores not the traditional fear of children of monsters under the bed, but the fear little monsters have of humans. It teaches children that often the things that we are afraid of can be just as frightened of us as we are of them, and as such we shouldn't be so quick to judge things and other people by how they first appear or our prejudices. This gives it curricula uses not just in literacy but also PSHE, citizenship, P4C and RE.
Read information about the authorJeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including POLLY POCKET and THE SLOW NORRIS, and a pilot TV series for DR XARGLE. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.
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