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The Magic Bed

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  16 reviews
- John Burningham at his youngest and best.- A good-night story that plays with the special bond children feel for their beds.- A full 48 pages of glorious illustration.
Library Binding, 48 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published March 6th 2003)
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Jun 23, 2012 added it
With charming illustrations and well chosen words, this book is a must read for early years, my 5 year old brother loves reading this book time and time again. The story is about an interfering grandmother and a lonely little boy called Georgie who enjoys wonderful adventures at night in his magic bed. Georgie needs a new bed. He chooses a nice second hand bed, much to his grandmother's disapproval. However, the bed is a magic bed and, once Georgie finds the magic word, he can fly on adventures. ...more
Stephanie Baker
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The magic bed is a great book about a boy who has a magic bed which takes him on exciting adventures. The book links to children dreaming in bed.
Charlotte Dutton
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Magic Bed is another beautifully illustrated story and is part of the John Burningham collection.

As Georgie outgrows his childhood bed he finds a new and improved one with magical powers. Although his Granny teases him about his second hand bed, every night Georgie goes on a magical adventure in it. One night he is helping a lost tiger find his parents and the next he is racing witches through the night sky. But when returning from holiday, Georgie finds his bed has been replaced by a brand
Liza Passalino
Summary: This book is about a little boy, Georgie, who needs a new bed. His father takes him to the local shop in town to buy a bed, and the shopkeeper tells Georgie that this bed is magic. Georgie says his prayers that night before bed and comes up with a magic word, and soon the bed is taking him on all kinds of adventures. However, when Georgie leaves for vacation with his family, he returns to find that his grandma has replaced his magic bed with a new bed. He gets very upset and runs to the ...more
Ayesha Hussain
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
The story is about an grandmother which try's to do best for her grandson Georgie, even though Georgie only sees his own perspective. The story is set out when Georgie is looking for a new bed, and is on the look out for one in a charity shop with his grandfather , when looking the sales assistant directs Georgie to view one of his Magical bed. Which obviously the child chooses!However once he brings the bed home it much to his grandmother's disapproval. The grandfather discover a passage which ...more
Nick Park
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is written for all those in Early Years and KS1. I can imagine teachers reading this book to their class everywhere.
It centres on a little boy called Georgie who is in need of a new bed. He and Frank, his father, go in search to the shop to buy a new one and are told by the shop assistant that, “…it was magic.”
At night, whilst Georgie is sound asleep, this bed takes him to different places where he goes on many exciting adventures. I will not give too much away, but when he goes on
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagination, magic
A very cute story of a little boy who goes shopping with his father for a used "new" bed for him. They find one and there's an inscription on it saying that if he knows the magic word, then he will travel far. After several attempts, he figures out the magic words and has many wonderful adventures until his grandmother - who never liked the bed in the first place - replaces it while he is on vacation. We, the readers, never do know what the magic word is, but are encouraged to discover our own ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book with a simple concept yet limitless scope for imagination for young children to identify with...The exitement of getting a new bed with a mysterious past and making it Georgie's own and also allowing the reader to join in by thinking of their own majic word leaves children mezmerised. With sketchy illustrations and endless adventures it is a must read to both EYFS and Key Stage 1 children although it's simple text make it accessible for them to read for themselves too.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I love this imaginative story about a boy who gets a bed at an antique store with his grandpa and finds out that it can take him places when he uses a certain magic word. This provided a perfect finish for our story time on "flying".
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Fun for an imaginative adventure. But, there was something disjointed about this story. I kept thinking I had skipped a page or maybe they had been torn out. Nope. That detracted from the enjoyment for me.
Apr 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked this book more than my 2 yo daughter did because the horrible grandmother threw the boy's bed away.
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
aimed at 2-4yo kids
why does he have to race witches?
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adore books that play up the imagination of a child, and refrain for talking down to the child. This book does both splendidly.
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a fun read, about a little boy who travels worldwide while in his magic bed. It does mention racing with witches.
Maggi Rohde
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't everybody want a magic bed that takes them places? Pair with Van Allsburg's more sober Just A Dream.
Amar Pai
Aug 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books
I like John Burningham, but this is tossed off dreck. Really not worth it.
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Married to Helen Oxenbury They have one son and two daughters.

John Burningham was born in 1936 in Farnham, Surrey, and attended the alternative school, Summerhill. In 1954 he spent two years travelling through Italy, Yugoslavia and Israel, working at a variety of jobs.

From 1956-1959, he studied at the Central School of Art, after which he designed posters
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