The Magic Bed by John Burningham

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When Georgie outgrows his baby bed, he chooses a big second-hand bed that the thrift shop owner tells him is magic. “The lady who had it before said you could travel in it.” Georgie’s granny teases him about his magic bed. But every night, Georgie has a new adventure with tigers or gnomes or pirates in faraway places. Some nights he would swim with dolphins, which is why his bed is sometimes wet in the morning. And when his granny replaces the old relic with a spanking-new bed, Georgie has his revenge.

John Burningham’s playful handling of a child’s imagination and the special relationship a child has with his or her bed makes this a good-night story that children will beg to hear again and again.

About John Burningham

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John Burningham has been praised by The New Yorker as “one of the finest and most original writers at work today.” His most recent picture book is Hushabye.
Published June 30, 2003 by Alfred a Knopf. 48 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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The Magic Bed by John Burningham 40pp, Cape, £10.99 Borka by John Burningham 40pp, Cape, £10.99 Picture books today come and go at an alarming rate.

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When Georgie outgrows his little-boy bed, his father takes him to an antique store, where the shopkeeper sells them a bed that he says is "magic," and adds, "you could travel in it."

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