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The Magic Bed

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Georgie has got a new bed, but it's not like other beds. For each night, Georgie says the magic word and it whisks him away on a fantastic adventure. He loves his bed, but one day he and his family go on holiday, and when they come back, Granny has a big surprise for Georgie ...show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 224 x 284 x 6mm | 240.4g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0099439697
  • 9780099439691
  • 41,292

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When Georgie outgrows his baby bed, he chooses a big second-hand bed that the thrift shop owner tells him is magic. "The lady who had it before said you could travel in it." Georgie's granny teases him about his magic bed. But every night, Georgie has a new adventure with tigers or gnomes or pirates in faraway places. Some nights he would swim with dolphins, which is why his bed is sometimes wet in the morning. And when his granny replaces the old relic with a spanking-new bed, Georgie has his revenge. John Burningham's playful handling of a child's imagination and the special relationship a child has with his or her bed makes this a good-night story that children will beg to hear again and again.show more

Review quote

"Burningham's a dab hand at leaving a story hanging in mid-air, and, a s ever, this moving and poetic hymn to the power of imagination invites and rewards any amount of personal interpretation" -- Joanna Carey * Guardian * "The book has its moments of suspense and an engagingly suggestive ending, but best of all is the succinct, expressive, sketchy style, which communicates emotions, characters, settings and atmosphere with great precision" -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * "Burningham's story taps into the limitless realm of a child's imagination. It's a classic tale from one of the best around" -- Damian Kelleher * Metro Life * "The story has a strong appeal because it is a fantasy that is true to reality: everyone has a kind of magic bed" -- Jane Doonan * TES * "An ideal showcast for what Burningham does best: blending domestic detail with expressionistic emotion and scale" -- Sally Williams * Independent *show more

About John Burningham

John Burningham studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John's first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career. John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children's books including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, by Ian Fleming (Jonathan Cape, 1964); Mr Gumpy's Outing (Jonathan Cape, 1970) also awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal; Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (Jonathan Cape, 1972); The Shopping Basket (Random House, 1980); The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Penguin/Puffin, 1983); Granpa (Jonathan Cape, 1984) later made into an animated film and Oi! Get off our Train (Jonathan Cape, 1989) and various books for adults England (Jonathan Cape, 1992); France (Jonathan Cape, 1998); The Time of Your Life (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002) and When We Were Young (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004). John is married to the illustrator, Helen Oxenbury. They have three children, three grandchildren and a dog named Miles. They live in London.show more

Back cover copy

"The story has a strong appeal because it is a fantasy that is true to reality: everyone has a kind of magic bed." Times Educational Supplement "This moving and poetic hymn to the power of imagination invites and rewards any amount of personal interpretation." Guardian "Best of all is the succinct, expressive, sketchy style, which communicates emotions, characters, settings and atmosphere with great precision." Sunday Times "Burningham evokes the magic of childhood better than anyone." Glasgow Herald "It's a classic tale from one of the best around." Evening Standardshow more

Review Text

"The book has its moments of suspense and an engagingly suggestive ending, but best of all is the succinct, expressive, sketchy style, which communicates emotions, characters, settings and atmosphere with great precision"show more

Rating details

113 ratings
3.88 out of 5 stars
5 35% (39)
4 34% (38)
3 22% (25)
2 5% (6)
1 4% (5)
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