Jitterbug Jam

Jitterbug Jam

[a Monster Tale]

Book - 2004
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Jitterbug Jam explores fear and prejudice from both sides, through the story of Bobo, a young monster who is afraid of the boy under his bed.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, c2004
ISBN: 9780091884987
0091884985
Branch Call Number: HIC
Characteristics: unpaged
Additional Contributors: Deacon, Alexis

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IrishMoon
Feb 13, 2014

Finally a book that actually helped my 5-year old granddaughter conquer her nighttime fears! She has finally stayed in her own bed every night since reading this book. Yeah!

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HopeMartin
Nov 23, 2010

Very cute take on the "monster" under the bed. Both my 6yo and 12yo love this story.

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rmichaud
Aug 17, 2011

This disarming monster-under-the-bed story upholds the tradition of tales such as Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet but reverses the roles. Bobo is a nervous monster child with a monkeylike body, round snout and yellow horns. I'm not fooling you: there's a boy who hides in my big old monster closet, he insists. Bobo shudders to think of the boy's pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns by right should be. He confides his fears to his grandfather, Boo-Dad, while they eat homemade bread with jitterbug jam. In return, Boo-Dad tells a story (pictured in a gauzy, nostalgic garden sequence that alludes to Rackham and Tenniel) about his terrifying childhood encounter with a girl and advises Bobo on dealing with humans. In the inevitable confrontation, Bobo finds that he and the boy have much in common, such as bossy older brothers. Hicks, making his debut, tells the tale from Bobo's quaint viewpoint. I'm no fraidy-cat, neither, Bobo protests, shivering at the boy's scritch-scratch-skittering and running for cover quick as lickety-split 'n' spit-fish. Deacon (Beegu) pictures the hairless, beige-skinned monsters as not quite cute, not quite scary. The middle-distance perspective keeps them safely at arm's length and except at the moment he bravely speaks to the boy Bobo lowers his head and does not look readers in the eye. The colloquial voice and uncanny illustrations create a slightly surreal, dreamy ambience, and the reassuring conclusion respects Bobo's (or anyone's) fear of the unknown. Ages 3-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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