Review Blog

Mar 22 2016

A bump in the night by Amberin Huq

cover image

Five Mile Press 2016. ISBN 9781760068820
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Bravery. Bedtime. Fear. Imagination. 'Things that go bump in the night' is an old adage which is turned to good use here as the young girl confronts what she believes to be outside her bedroom door. She hears bumps, noises and knockings and assumes something very bad is going on. She thinks of pirates with cutlasses drawn, of giants and angry gnomes, but knows that these do not exist. She tells herself so, albeit with a question mark at the end of her sentence, but still determines to open her bedroom door and confront what is there.
Readers will love the recognition of fear that sometimes dogs their bedtimes, will laugh out loud at the things she dreams up to explain the noise, and stand with her as she opens that door, even though they stay behind her.
On opening that door, she finds a monster, but not your usual type of monster. This gentle giant lives under the bed and loves to eat. Mr Snuffles turfs out the other monsters that hide in her room, settling down under her bed once again.
She has confronted her fear and found it to be baseless, well, almost! What an interesting way to introduce the idea of feeling safe, of not putting up with things that make you unhappy, but checking them out and putting them behind you. Some classes will have great discussions after reading this book, and will take the opportunity to talk about safety issues, but most will take it as a very funny read about 'things that go bump in the night'.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees
CBCA shortlists 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates