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Oct 29 2014

Big bouncy bed by Julia Jarman

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Ill. by Adrian Reynolds. Orchard Books, 2014. ISBN 9781408305430
(Age: 3-5) Recommended. Picture book. Ben and Bella are back again, this time they jump into another adventure, on a big, bouncy bed and they invite their animal friends to join in. This is a fun read aloud story that uses rhythm, rhyme and repetition to engage the young reader.
'Mind your head! Springs go squeak. Bed goes creak. But who's that going, "Eek,-eek-eek?" '
The mouse, kangaroo and tiger enjoy bouncing high with Ben and Bella as the feathers, pillow slips and covers go flying. When Zebra, Dog and Duck arrive to join in the entertainment, everyone is awestruck. As Elephant charges into the room, he catapults the bed into the sky and off into Outer Space. Ben and Bella fly past the planets and finally come down in their home town.
Adrian Reynold's illustrations are bold and colourful, they capture the children and animals' moods and express their enjoyment.
A great story for bedtime, recommended for 3-5 year olds.
Rhyllis Bignell

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