Bebe's Bad Dream

G. Brian Karas, Author, G. Brian Karas, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-16182-8
Night after night, Bebe dreams that green trolls arrive in a flying saucer, climb in her window and try to devour her. At the dinner table, Bebe's brother, Walter, teases her about her fears (""I'm hungry, please pass the Bebe"") and her friends are bored with re-enacting abduction stories. Eventually Bebe tires of being alone on the playground and of Walter's scare tactics. Using crayons and paper, she creates posters that misdirect the imaginary invaders to her brother's room (""Try a delicious Bebe today"" and ""This is Bebe""). In Bebe's action-packed dreams that night, Walter is kidnapped by distinctly Walter-like monsters. The next morning, when Bebe hears his sadistic greeting (""Mmmm, Bebe and waffles for breakfast!""), she is disappointed--Walter is not actually gone--but she now knows that the aliens were indeed only a nightmare. Karas (Saving Sweetness) allows Bebe her malicious fantasy, which banishes the aliens and wreaks revenge on pesky Walter. The artwork smoothly differentiates between reality and fantasy by using gray pencil with gentle lavender and pale yellow wash for waking moments, while flooding dream scenes with delirious yellow, woozy purple and thick spinach-green. The pictures do a great deal to carry the story, so the text consequently seems overlong. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/03/2000
Release date: 04/01/2000
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.