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50 Below Zero

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,889 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Jason’s dad falls asleep everywhere … except in his own bed. All night long, Jason gets woken up by strange noises that lead him to find his dad in the most unexpected places—from on top of the refrigerator to the freezing cold woods outside his house. In order to finally get a good night’s sleep, Jason musters up all of his resources and comes up with a most unexpected so ...more
Paperback, 24 pages
Published January 9th 1986 by Annick Press
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Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a funny, cute story!
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
BRRRRR! Sleep walking in the snow! WAKE-UP!
Dena (Batch of Books)
This was one of my favorite books when I was little and I am so happy to see that it still holds up so well all these years later. I'm really glad this is now a board book, because it is one of those classic stories that no child's library should be without.

I read it to my kids several times. They could easily pick up on the humor without any prompts from me, which doesn't happen as often as you'd think. The illustrations are fantastic. Michael Martchenko has a great style for storytelling. He i
Erika Arechiga
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jason's father is a sleep-walker. On one particular, snow night, Jason's father's sleepwalking wakes Jason up. Jason finds himself chasing his father around the house where he ends up in random places. Munsch uses humor in the illustrations, not just in the text. In one instance, Jason's father is suspended in the middle of the kitchen by his toe by a rope. The text is simple for young readers to understand too. Overall, this book was full of humor and a fun read. I read along to this book in a ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: winter
blah--really didn't like this dull book about a sleep-walking dad when it's 50 below zero.
Hillary Forrest
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
I selected “50 Below Zero” by Robert Munsch as my second TumbleBook choice. I viewed this book on LOV (Library of Virginia) using the following link: My recommending source was Professor Kimmel, through her course I was required to review a TumbleBook. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience as well as this selection.

The illustrations in this book are incredible. TumbleBook, since electronically control, incorporates movement into the illustrations shared
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 642
I'd say this is a realistic, "what if" kind of book. I sleep walk so it definitely falls into real life for me. As for age range, I'd say Preschool to 2nd grade.

This book is about a young boy in charge of a sleepwalking father who ultimately goes out the front door when it is 50 below zero outside. Our young hero dutifully brings his father back after putting on several layers of clothing.

I found this book on the Tumblebooks database. These books are read aloud. A reader can have a huge impact
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a re-release for toddlers presented as a board book. Some of the text and pictures have been updated but the hilarious message is still the same and ready to be unpacked to a new group of lucky kids.

Jason hears funny noises in the middle of the night and when he gets up to investigate he finds his dad snoring....laying on top of the fridge. He shouts, "Papa wake up!" and that's when the fun begins. Jason goes back to bed only to be woken up time and time again finding his dad in ver
This is a wonderful story about Jason and his Papa. Papa sleepwalks a great deal in this story; even outside when it's 50 below zero! The fine detail in the illustrations has your eyes looking all over the page verses only at the text of the main characters.

I gave it 5 starts because both my children, at home and school, enjoyed this book. The repetition of "Papa, wake up!" (n.p.)captivates it's reader to giggles. My children at home quote that quite a bit when their father is asleep on the cou
Victoria Cifarelli
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jason was sound asleep when he woke up from a sound. He saw his father sleep walking in the kitchen on top of the fridge. He went back to bed when his father was. After falling back asleep he woke up to another sound. He went to the bathroom and found his father sleeping in the bathtub and when he yelled for him to wake up his dad jumped up ran around the bathroom and went back to bed. Jason said the house was going crazy. Jason goes back to bed and once he hears another sound gets woken up agai ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Living in Iowa, we experience the temperatures really cold and this book is perfect for reading out loud to the classrooms that I sub in. As Jason is awakened by his father’s snoring, he finds him in the weirdest places, on top of the refrigerator and on top of the family’s car. Later on in the evening, Jason hears a sound in the woods and lo and behold he finds his father, leaning up against a tree snoring away in 50 below temperatures. Dragging his father home, th ...more
Keani Meier
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 307, children-books
50 below zero by Robert Munsch
One cold night Jason hears a noise. He found his dad sleeping in the kitchen he brings him back to bed. Later that night Jason found his dad sleeping in the bathtub, then the garage and last of all Jason's dad slept walked out of the door in to the snow. Jason took a sled and brought his dad home. Jason tied a rope to his dad's bed and to his father’s toe. When his dad started to sleepwalk again he was stuck stayed there rest of the night.
I would use this book as a
Kimberly Bower MLIS (gladeslibrarian)
FIFTY BELOW ZERO by Robert Munsch was originally published in 1992. This board book is an adaptation of the original. While the intended audience for the original story is 4-7 years, the intended audience for the board book has dropped to 2-5 years.

Basically, when looking solely at the text and pictures of this adaptation, I don’t get the point. It does bring questions to mind. For example, why does it matter that the boy’s dad kept waking him up with his sleep-walking, and why did it no longer
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Read online as an e-book from the following website*:

Robert N. Munsch's children's book"50 Below Zero" read online was a lot of fun!! The book reads manually or automatically, moving along with a pre-recorded audio feed and animation of the original illustration. The plot reveals a sleepwalking father, and his son, Jason, who tries to stop his attempts to sleepwalk in less than opportune settings. His father sleepwalk
Damera Blincoe
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review of 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch
Publication Date: July 4, 2013
Publisher: Annick Press Ltd.
Age Group: Children’s Fiction
Format: NetGalley

Jason wakes up to find his father asleep on top of the refrigerator. What ensues throughout the night is a child keeping his sleepwalking father safe. Parents are supposed to keep children safe, so Jason does the same for his father, even when finding him asleep outside in the snow. This book would be great for storytime. The illustrations are bright and
Nicola Mansfield
This review is for the board book. Reviews of it should not be mixed-up with the book proper, but, alas, they are!

I thought this would be a board book edition of the 1985 picture book "50 Below Zero". One of my favourite Munsch books. Instead it is an adaptation of that book, which has had the text simplified and the art has also been revised. The basic plot of the original story manages to come through fine enough but its rollicking humour is inevitably lost in this simplification. If you want
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a hilarious book, and is even funnier when listened to as an animated audiobook on Tumblebooks, which is available for free as one of the online resources from our local library. We've watched this book many times and the narration is wonderful!

The sleepwalking father ends up in the oddest places and the little boy is always coming to his rescue. It's a little alarming that the Dad ends up frozen stiff in the "50 below zero" outdoors, but it's just a book, and a silly one at that. Our gi
Laura Mincey
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous
This book is quite funny! Jason just can't catch a break one cold, winter's night when his dad keeps sleepwalking and falling asleep in random places, like on top of the refrigerator and the garage! With each transition that the noisy, sleepwalking father makes, Jason wakes up in anger and tries to get his father back into bed! The noisy father makes it outside in his sleepwalking in the COLD COLD night, 50 below zero, and Jason brings him back inside once and for all, by tying him up to the bed ...more
Janine Abraham
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a hilarious story about a boy who wakes up to his dad sleep walking throughout the house. The book possesses a repeating pattern that makes the story evolve and continue. The boy wakes up to the same noises each time, reacts with the same thought, and does the same thing. However, the author throws in an interesting change of structure at the end when the mom wakes up to find both the dad and son sleep walking. I think this would be a good book to read to a class to show that ending ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
My full review can be read on my blog:

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed it. It made me chuckle as I read. Even more than that, it’s a bit different from most of the fare I see in board books. A lot of board books are playful, but far fewer are actually clever. It’s nice to see a bit of variety for our youngest readers.
Sam Grace
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sam by: Danny Hardigan
My nephew ADORES this book, and it is thanks to him that I got it out of the library. It has a lot of repeating sections that you can just HEAR a kid shouting (and indeed, "PAPA WAKE UP!!" was something Danny happily shouted on every page). I didn't really think that the illustrations were anything special, but it was definitely funny to see the dad sleeping on top of the fridge and the car and frozen stiff outside and tied up in mid-snore in the kitchen.
Meghan Hunt
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-picture-books
I'm thinking about using this book for a winter storytime. Initially I was put off by the amount of text on each page and thought it might be too long, however, there aren't that many pages in the book, so there really isn't that much text. In addition, the repetition and story format make it predictable in a good way. The version I have is quite small though, so would probably only work for small groups (larger groups might not be able to see the pictures.)
A story of how noises in the house keep waking Jason up and each time he gets up he finds his dad sleeping in an unusual place in the house.

While this does not compare to the original picture book edition it is still cute for really little kids to look at and if they want they can even guess where dad is going to wind up next.

I received this advanced copy from Annick Press through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
OK, I love thanks to the New York Public Library! NYPL provides the access for great resources for children and adults like myself trying to learn a new language! They have a decent selection of childrens books in several languages like Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian. There's an online reading of this book in both English & Spanish.

The story is ok, I plan on listening to this story many times.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
I enjoy Robert Munsch's humor; The Paper Bag Princess is one of my favorites. This was a much shorter story, since it was only a board book, but it was still fun to read. The places the child-narrator keeps discovering his dad are wacky and unusual. His solution for the sleepwalking father is ingenious. And the last scene is the very best - it will make everyone laugh.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
LOVED this one! Such a funny book about a boy who has to keep track of his sleep-walking father at night. Hear Robert Munsch read it aloud at There are no pictures, just an audio of him reading the book. This would be a great way to practice visualizing. It's also fun for sequencing because the students would have to remember all the places the father kept going while sleepwalking.
Beyond the Pages
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
50 Below Zero Board Book was adorable. From the beginning, it had me laughing. The illustrations were brilliant and so perfectly matched. The little boy, the dad, and the mom were precious.

Not only would I recommend this book, I would also purchase it for my family bookshelf, and that says a lot.

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kelly Andrews
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
50 Below Zero

By Robert Munsch

Pre-k to 2nd grade

This is a delightful story about a dad who sleep walks and a son who finds him in the middle of the night. I found the story to be very funny. The reader needs to read it out loud to get the full effect of the joyful writing. My daughter enjoyed this book. We will read it again. Stay warm!

Happy Reading
Nick Turner
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: close-relations, fun
Amusing children's story about a sleepwalking father who keeps winding up asleep in funny places. His son Jason always has to get out of bed and wake him up. Simple repetitive dialogue "Papa! WAKE UP!" is apt for small children to participate in. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-310
This book is a fun read, especially for Minnesota readers. We can all probably relate to a really cold night here in MN, so I think it would be fun to read it with students and allow them to make connections to the book. I really like the illustrations in this book and the use of cool colors to really help you sense how cold it was that night.
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Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Fordham University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from Boston University in 1971 with a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.

He studied to become a Jesuit priest, but decided he would rather work with children after jobs at orphanages and daycare centers. In 1973, he received a Master of Education in Chil
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