Reviews for No Jumping on the Bed!


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Arnold's classic picture book about a boy whose jumped-on bed falls down through the floors of an apartment building, gathering companions and objects along the way, has been revised and newly illustrated but not improved. The crisp text of the original has been muddied; the understated pictures that were a perfect foil for the humor have been zanied up into a chaotic mess.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2004 September #3
Tedd Arnold's 1987 cautionary tale, No Jumping on the Bed! returns as a board book. When Walter refuses to heed his father's titular warning, he and his bed end up crashing "down and down" through neighbors' apartments. PW noted, "textual puns and subtle visual jokes make this a bedtime story worthy of repeated readings"-and Arnold fans will enjoy seeing this artist's beginnings, in a very different visual style. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1996 May #3
Is Walter jumping or dreaming when he crashes down through all the apartments below? "A takeoff on a familiar and usually idle warning, this [story] should be a hit with anyone who has battled over jumping on the bed," said PW. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1987 September #2
``If I've told you once, I've told you a million times, no jumping on the bed,'' Walter's father admonishes. ``One day it'll crash right through the floor.'' Like all young children, Walter is unable to resistand, to his astonishment, he finds his father was right! Down and down Walter tumbles, wreaking increasing (if cheerful) havoc in apartment after apartment, and picking up fellow travelers as he goes. At the end, it's up to the reader to decide whether Walter's trip was real or dreamedthough a clever final twist argues for the former. A takeoff on a familiar and usually idle warning, this should be a hit with anyone who has battled over jumping on the bed. Arnold's illustrations, in a style reminiscent of William Joyce, richly depict the nighttime lives of the apartment building's various inhabitants and skillfully capture the sensation and perspective of tumbling through space. Textual puns and subtle visual jokes make this a bedtime story worthy of repeated readings. Ages 3-7. (September) Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information.

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