When Amy's cousins try to scare her with stories of a monster under the bed, Amy has a look for herself, and finds that the monster doesn't quite match their description
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Grade 1-2-- In this Australian import, young Amy is sent to visit her twin cousins, Meredith and Jocasta. They play sly tricks and tell her she'd better hide under the bedcovers or a monster will snatch her. Eventually Amy summons the courage to look under the bed and finds that a monster does indeed live there, although not much of one. "You should see me at night," it says. At bedtime Amy calls her friendly but now huge monster and it sails in through the window, sending the twins scurrying to their beds. Denton's crudely executed pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations reflect the story's superficiality. His figures stand awkwardly, sporting gap-toothed grins and exaggerated but often unclear expressions. The monster is a comical pastiche; its huge red lips and string of pearls give it more the look of a cheery but unusually unattractive relative than an object of fear. The familiar "monster in the bedroom" idea is not well-served here.
- John Peters, New York Public Library
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As seen on the first page, Amy is quite capable of mischief; but when her mother packs her off to visit her twin cousins, she almost meets her match. Jocasta and Meredith are ``very clever, very tall for their age, and never got into trouble. But when no one was looking they did mean things with fingernails and rubber bands.'' They terrorize Amy with tales of a monster under the bed, but by the second night--when the story suddenly takes a turn into fantasy--Amy has peeked under the bed, found the monster (``Hepzibah''), and made friends with it. Her brash cousins are appropriately impressed and subdued. Bizarre but amiable-looking Hepzibah is an effective metaphor for the qualities that would indeed earn the respect of the daunting cousins--especially as seen in Denton's vividly expressive illustrations. An unusual variation on a popular theme; vulnerable-looking Amy proves to be commendably assertive and resourceful. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110670827487