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Creak! Said the Bed

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A stormy night, a snoring dad, a houseful of restless sleepers, and some masterfully humorous timing make this a classic read-aloud for bedtime — or anytime.

It’s the middle of the night. Everyone’s snoozing in bed when out of the darkness, squeak goes the door. Mama’s eyes fly open. Who is awake? Evie? Ivy? Little Mo? On a stormy night in a little house, only Papa keeps sn
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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This is a really funny book. It talks about a series of events, it can teach children cause and effect. Its about a family, and the three children they have. Mom and dad were sleeping, when a series of events would lead each child to sleep in their bed, even the dog. Until the bed couldn't take it any more and went "creak". It broke, but that did not stop the family from sleeping...

An activity I would do with this book, is that I would have the children retell an event of how something they once
Ms Threlkeld
Very simple story that's a great example of onomatopoeia. Good for lower elementary.
Story of my life :)
Sarah BT
This is a humorous family story ala The Napping House. Kids and parents will relate to the crowded bed and kids will be laughing as each new family member arrives wanting a place in the bed. Poppa sleeps through most of it, snoring and making nosies like "snurkle" until Fred the dog shows up wanting in the bed too. The illustrations are fun and colorful and it's fun to look for where the crack is on the bed as the suspense builds. A fun book for storytime!
On a dark, stormy night, SQUEAK goes the door and CREAK goes the bed! One by one, Evie, Ivy and Mo all climbed into bed with their parents...will there be room for Fred, the dog, or will that just be too much for the bed?
Not my favorite bedtime story book. The ending is slightly comical. The kids certainly have very interesting sleeping positions. With neither text nor illustrations grabbing at you, this is definitely a passable book.
OCLS Staff Picks
In the middle of a dark, stormy night, one child, then another, then a third wake their mother and ask to climb into the bed, but when the last member of the family arrives Papa declares there is no more room.

Dream Big (Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended book

Available from OCLS in print.
Sunnyvale Librarian
"One dark night in the middle of the night..." begins the tale of the creak that grew and grew as mother and father are joined in bed by children Evie and Ivy and Mo and finally the family dog, Fred. Children will giggle at the addition of each family member as the bed creaks a little louder. Illustrator, Dunnick's cartoon illustrations make a strong pairing with author, Root's humorous bedtime tale.
It's a stormy night and mom and dad are snoozing until the kids come in one by one. The bed lets out a creak with each addition, until the dog serves as the last straw and the bed finally breaks. This would be a good book for preschool storytime. The children can chime in with "creak" and the parents will relate to the story.
Everyone needs to get into bed with mom and dad on this windy, stormy night - "Creak! said the bed."

I have read this to large groups of kids who howled at the story.

A funny book. One of my favorites to share, with a particularly good moment to make them all jump by making a really loud "BOOM" during the thunderstorm.
This is a simple story about kids who climb in their folks' bed to escape the cold or because they are afraid--it is funny and has lots of silly sounds that would be fun to do in storytime. The rhythm may not scan perfectly--it is hard to tell without reading it out loud, but it is still fun.
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The Library Lady
Another great book for story hour from one of my favorite picture book authors. One by one family members crowd the bed as Papa, like Karma Wilson's "Bear", snores on. The rather lumpy people with big oversized faces add to the humor of the tale.
This title makes a fun readaloud--one stormy night the whole house finds their way, one at a time, to the parents' bed--which creaks with each addition to the fold. The result is hilarious and will have preschoolers rolling with laughter.
Dec 07, 2011 Tam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: bedtime
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Kate Hastings
Apr 26, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PreK- grade 2, bedtime
Shelves: preschool
Cute book for bedtime storytime. In this house the bed gets more crowded as each child makes their way into mom and dad's room. At some point the bed goes from creak to crash! Preschool thru 1st grade.
Ha, Ha! So, that's what happens when everyone jumps in the same bed! Creak! Said the Bed is full of humor, anticipation, and prediction.

Used for "Sleepy Dreams" Storytime: July, 2012.
Any parent who has ever had their little one tiptoe into their bed at night will relate to this story, as will any child who has done the tiptoeing. This is a hilarious story time book!
Lovely story about a stormy night and kids climbing, one by one, into their parents' bed. The repetitive phrases and the crescendoing story line are very cute. Great storytime book.
This family needs to invest in a larger bed if this is a typical night in their home. I would not want to awake to my child sleeping on my bed or squished under my pillow.
the Reeds
A fun book. Even the pre-schooler gets to participate in 'reading' this book. Every time there's a large, bold-faced type the little one got to make the 'squeak' noise.
Six-year-old Cole giggled through most of the book. Although the bed and floor may beg to differ, mom and dad think there's always room for one more in their bed.
A nice read aloud for bedtime filled with rhythmic words, onomatopoeia, and repetition. Encourages participation from young readers.
Connie Klever
Nice rhyming, "sing-song" text, with funny story and illustrations that will hold interest of preschool-middle elementary readers
During a thunderstorm everyone piles into the parents' bed, including the dogs. Bed breaks and then the floor
My daughter loves this book, it's funny and has fun sound effects. I recommend for anyone with young kids.
Fun to read. The story is a bit slight, but it's got fabulous illustrations and a great ending.
Jean Brodahl
#bookaday 3of3stars, cute but low on my read-aloudability.
Susan Erhardt
Predictable, but still fun - cute ending.
Kids liked this one. Humorous.
Very funny, especially the ending.
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"Picture books are performances," says Phyllis Root, quoting some sage advice she once received. "They're performances that involve a child--something both of you do. And once I started thinking of them that way, I started getting much looser about making up words and playing around with rhythm."

Phyllis Root picked up an early affinity for colloquial language while growing up in Indiana and south
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