Jitterbug Jam

Jitterbug Jam An outstanding ingenious text which brilliantly explores preconception and prejudice from both sides There is a boy under Bobo s bed A scary boy with pink skin and orange fur on top of his head and

  • Title: Jitterbug Jam
  • Author: Barbara Jean Hicks Alexis Deacon
  • ISBN: 9780091884987
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An outstanding, ingenious text, which brilliantly explores preconception and prejudice from both sides.There is a boy under Bobo s bed A scary boy with pink skin and orange fur on top of his head and, worst of all, eyes the awful colour the sky is when you wake up in the middle of the day So next bedtime, Bobo crawls under the kitchen cabinet and decides he s not goingAn outstanding, ingenious text, which brilliantly explores preconception and prejudice from both sides.There is a boy under Bobo s bed A scary boy with pink skin and orange fur on top of his head and, worst of all, eyes the awful colour the sky is when you wake up in the middle of the day So next bedtime, Bobo crawls under the kitchen cabinet and decides he s not going to bed, not now, not ever But then Boo Dad comes And Boo Dad, the biggest, baddest grandpa ever, has the answer to Bobo s problem, if only Bobo can be brave enough to give it a try.Very soon in the story you realize that things are not quite the way you thought they were, and that who is who s monster, is open to question.

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    1. Ever been scared about a monster under your bed? In this twist of a tale, Bobo, a young monster, is nervous about what might be hiding under his bed. He knows that he has seen a boy with "pink skin and orange fur on his head". Luckily for Bobo, Boo-Dad, his grandpa, has a story to share about these scary creatures. Boo-Dad teaches him how to overcome his fear and scare the boy away. When Bobo tries the trick, his curiosity just might make him brave enough to find out more about the boy.This stor [...]

    2. My 5 year old chose this one at the library. The premise is OK reversing the idea of the monster under the bed by having a boy under the bed, but the dialect the author created for the characters adds nothing to the story and just makes it difficult to read out loud, and the relationship between the monster and his brother is perhaps realistic for some families, but it's depressingly negative with no change by the end of the book again, this is not really necessary to the story and not really ap [...]

    3. I did not care for this book. I did like the premise for the story but I didn't like how the story was written or the dialogue. The story is about a monster who has a boy under his bed and he is scared. His grandpa tells him how to get rid of the boy under his bed but it doesn't work. They end up becoming friends instead.

    4. When little Bobo suffers from the jitters of something living under his bed, he looks to his granpa to tell a story about facing his fears. It so happens that Bobo is a horned monster and the creature under the bed is a small boy. Rich (Southern?) American dialect is used throughout as both Bobo and Boo-Dad share their stories of being scared. Both Hicks's prose and Deacon's dream-like illustrations work so well to show a story from the other side. For me, the little monster whose life is so sim [...]

    5. This book is appropriate for children in grades 1-3. It was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book in 2005.I really loved the basic premise of this picture book, and from the beginning, I was very hopeful. Jitterbug Jam is about a monster named Bobo, who fears that there is a boy hiding under his bed. He worries that every morning, at “monster bedtime” the boy will jump out and scare him. Bobo’s brother, Buster, thinks he is a fraidy-cat, but his grandfather Boo-Dad has experience with the [...]

    6. Jitterbug Jam was one of the New York Times ten best illustrated children's books of 2005 and for good reason! Bobo can't sleep, his brother calls him a fraidy-cat but there is a boy with pink skin and orange fur on his head under his bed. Bobo's Boo-Dad, the biggest, baddest monster grandpa ever, tells him a story about when he was a boy and what he learned to do when you see a boy. That day Bobo tries Boo-Dad's trick but Bobo realizes that he and the boy are more alike then he thought. Bobo do [...]

    7. One of my favorites in regards to artwork and illustrations!!! Its also a great way to dispel the fears presented by imaginary monsters that lurk in their rooms. My daughter found the idea of a KID being the monster that is doing the scaring very funny. My son actually brought this book to show-and-tell.

    8. Although I feel reading this book aloud to the class would be quite tricky (in making sure you said it word for word, rather than adding words in) it would be mesmerising. The story is told in a monsters aspect and Bobo's perspective of a boy hiding under his bed. The book is a total role reversal to begin with, where Bobo's family (and presumably all monsters) have a stigma towards boys and girls. Even though everyone is quick to highlight the differences and that the boy is something to fear/t [...]

    9. Cute, but not age appropriate, especially for kiddos who think about or are scared of things around their bed.

    10. LOVE this book. It is so much fun to read aloud and my 4 year old son is loving every re-reading. People who cite its difficulty to read aloud maybe just don't have practice adopting a Southern/Cajun accent. I have that practice, and it's so fun to lapse back into it for the book. It's such a sweet premise, too, and has my son's imagination going wild - asking everything from why monsters get up at sunrise to where monsters without tails live (the basement). My son picked this up at the library [...]

    11. Little Bobo is a monster who's teased by by his older brother because he's afraid of a boy under his bed, but who wouldn't be scared of a "boy with pink skin and orange fur on his head where his horns should be. . d eyes that awful color the sky is when you wake up in the middle of the day. . ." Bobo's grandfather, Boo-Dad, visits and tells him a story about what to say to a human child when you see one. Taking Boo-Dad's advice, Bobo gets up his courage that night, looks under his bed and, of co [...]

    12. This book reminded me so much of the movie 'Monsters Inc" where two monsters work in this factory were their city is powered by the scared screams of human children. Sometimes children will find it hard to sleep at night because they believe that a monster is hiding under their bed. The author gives this story a whole new twist by having the child monsters be scared of a human child. The little monster is constantly afraid because he knows there is someone under his bed when he goes to sleep. It [...]

    13. This original picture book is a delight. BoBo is a monster child who is afraid of the boy who sneaks under his bed every morning to scare him, just as Bobo is trying to get a good day's sleep. Boo-Dad, Bobo's grandpa, tells Bobo a story that gives him an idea about what to do the next time that little boy comes around. Alexis Deacon's illustrations are so thoughtful and detailed, creating a world like ours, but just a bit different. In soft browns, reds, and yellows, one can't help lingering ove [...]

    14. This story is about a little monster who is a afraid of a little boy who hides under his bed at night. No one believes him, except for his grandpa who tells him what to say to scare the boy away. That night, BoBo ends up talking to the little boy and becoming great friends with him. Turns out that the little boy is playing hide and seek with his brother, who is hiding in the closet. BoBo overcomes his fear while making a new friend in the process as well. It's a great book to teach kids to overc [...]

    15. This is a super fun-to-read book for those of us who aren't afraid to try a different accent on for size! It's the monster-under-the-bed story turned on its ear, with little Bobo afraid of the pink-skinned boy who visits his room when he's trying to sleep. It's a wonderful way to introduce the concept that we are more alike than we are different in this world, whether or not we have horns on our heads, or talk differently, or any other superficial thing. Unlike some other reviewers, I think that [...]

    16. Jitterbug Jam is a story with a playful twist on a child’s fear of a monster lurking under their bed at night. Buster is a young monster who is terrified of going to bed in the middle of the day because of the human child he knows is hiding under his bed. His older brother teases him because of his ridiculous claims and refuses to play with him; making Buster not only scared but lonely. After a comforting day-time story from Grandfather Buster he comes up with a plan on how to deal with the hu [...]

    17. This is a great book that teaches about friendship. It is also great for diversity since the monster and the human becomes friends in the end. You can teach about facing your fears. It is also great for point of view, since the story is from the monster's point of view. Students can also do creative writing with this. They can write from the brother monster's (Buster) point of view or from their own after they are friends with (Bobo) the little monster. Great boom for students who like stories t [...]

    18. Bobo the young monster is terrified that there is a boy hiding under his bed. A real-live boy, with pale skin and red fur! His Boo-Dad, grandfather, one day tells him the story of when he met a real-live girl and how he scared her. Finally Bobo gets up the courage to look under his bed and when he does discover a boy hiding under there, he does exactly what his Boo-Dad told him to do; he smiled his scariest smileNot a great book; kinda wanders. The kids in storytime couldn't stick with it.

    19. This is a gem of a book. Great illustrations, great fun to read aloud because of the rhythmic, slangy text, and a good comfort for kids who are afraid of the dark. Bobo, a little monster, is afraid of the boy who comes out of his closet during the day (when good monsters are supposed to be sleeping) and gets under his bed. The boy is terrifying, with his pink skin and orange "hair." But Bobo soon finds a way to overcome his fears. I may have to buy this one.

    20. A fabulous book, with a winning combination of writer Barbara Jean Hicks and illustrator Alexis Deacon. A truly complex piece of story-telling featuring a 'Monster's Inc'-style monsters vs humans tale. Told from both the monster child, and human child's perspective, its wonderfully imaginative composition adds to the confusion of who the true monster is!

    21. Jitterbug Jam is the story of facing one's fears. When Bobo is scared of the 'monster with pink skin and orange fur where his horns should be', his grandpa Boo-Dad tells him a story that makes him feel brave. Wonderfully creative illustrations, while although dark and moody, sort of create the mood of the place underneath the bed where a monster may hide.

    22. The monster under the bed story told refreshingly from the monster's view point. It's daytime and the poor little monster just want a good day's sleep! The pesky pink human with the orange fur on his head won't cut him a break. Terrific to highlight point of view and stereotypes. Nicely illustrated, too.

    23. Such a cute story about a little monster that is scared of a human boy,and the story that his Boo-dad grandfather tells him about his expereince as a little monster. This is a great book for boys and girls with creative imgainations and makes an amazing read alound and also makes a great addition to a classroom library.

    24. I've never seen another book about a boy under a monster's bed. It may not be the best children's book, but there is no other in the niche, so I'm inclined to be content with what I've got. At least it teaches kids that most of the time what looks like a monster also deserves compassion. And compassion and tolerance are important lessons.

    25. This tells the story of a monster who's afraid of a boy under his bed and in his closet. He gets some sage advice from his Grandpa and stops being scared of the boy. In the end, he wants to become friends with the boy.It's a little too long for storytimes.

    26. An adorable story told from a monsters perspective about a boy who he is afraid to go to sleep. This book reminds me of a similar story about a boy who is afraid to go to sleep because of a monster under his bed.

    27. We've read a couple of these 'reverse monster' books before, where a monster is afraid of a human child under their bed/in the closet. This one is the best-done by far. Funny and cute, good life lessons, great kids book.

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