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Jitterbug Jam

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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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 going...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 4th 2004 by Hutchinson Children's Books Ltd (first published September 2nd 2004)
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Amy
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...more
Liz
Oct 31, 2009 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids ages 4-8
Shelves: lis-565
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...more
Erin Ramai
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 these cre...more
Chris
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 rea...more
Kwilliamson
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.
Ralf Urbach
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.
Lacy
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...more
Cecilia
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. I...more
(NS) Sue
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. . .and 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...more
Marcia
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.
Erin
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.
Jessica
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...more
Shelli
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 comes up with a plan on how to deal with the human b...more
Angela
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...more
Melanie
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 smile...

Not a great book; kinda wanders. The kids in storytime couldn't stick with it.
Logan
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.
Jackie
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.

Camille
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!
Shelby Rose Rogers
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.
Liz
This book has received a lot of positive reviews, but I can't get pass the intentional bad grammar. I had to edit it as I went so my kids wouldn't wouldn't get confused by the poor use of English. The story is fine, but the execution isn't.
Bookslut
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.
Stephanie Smoot
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.
James
This book uses positive options to confront fear. I believe that it is a great resource for any young reader who is going through that phase. The story was simple, yet entertaining.
Sarah Batchelder
This is a great book about overcoming fear and making a new friend. There was a passage in here that made me laugh out load. Great monster language and great illustrations.
Jessica
This book is absolutely ridiculous. The grammar is horrible. The author seems to be trying to convey some kind of ethnic accent and it turned out horribly.
Rebecca Ann
What a great monster book! A bit text-heavy for storytime unless you're reading to an older crowd. This would be great for one on one reads!
Angela Pate
Definitely not for little kids (monsters and all), and a longer story. But great for overcoming fears. And the illustrations are just beautiful!
Abbey


This was a cute, easy to read book! This would be good to use in the classroom as a book share to the class! The kids would love it!
Crystal
An awesome little story about a monster afraid of the little boy that hides beneath his bed.
Nancy
Very cute book for children who are afraid of monsters under the bed--or in the closet.
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Acclaimed children's book author BARBARA JEAN HICKS offers visiting author programs and workshops for aspiring writers of all ages. With a flair for the dramatic, Barbara engages, entertains, educates and inspires her audiences. She has taught at the preschool, middle school and community college levels and most recently worked in an elementary school as author-in-residence, program facilitator an...more
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