There's a Walrus in My Bed! by Ciara Flood

There's a Walrus in My Bed!

Written by Ciara Flood
Illustrated by Ciara Flood

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Children and adults will take very different things from this clever picture book but both will enjoy it enormously. Flynn is excited, he’s got a new bed – we guess that he’s moving into a big bed for the first time. But something’s already in it – an enormous walrus, and it doesn’t seem very comfortable. Flynn does his best ferrying up snacks and milk and extra pillows but it seems that neither of them will get any sleep, let alone Mum and Dad. Children will love the absurdity of the situation and adults will identify with the long-suffering parents trying unsuccessfully to settle Flynn down for the night. Lots of fun, and this provides lots to talk about too. ~ Andrea Reece


There's a Walrus in My Bed! by Ciara Flood

Tonight, for the first time, Flynn is going to sleep in a proper big boy bed. But when bedtime rolls around, he just can't get to sleep. The reason? There's a walrus in his bed, of course! Mum and Dad play along while Flynn gives Walrus blankets, snacks, milk and a top-secret trip to the toilet, but it doesn't look like anyone is getting much sleep tonight.

The very lovable walrus at the centre of this story was inspired by the famous walrus exhibit at the Horniman Museum in South London.


In the tradition of Raymond Brigg's The Bear... it has a retro style and lots of laughs Sunday Times

With echoes of The Tiger Who Came to Tea... this one is bound to become a bedtime favourite Irish Independent

There's a Walrus in My Bed tackles a specific toddler fear: sleeping on one's own Irish Times

Ciara Flood's humourous interpretation of bedtime protests will no doubt be a new favourite INIS

A great book to read before bedtime to all those reluctant little sleepers Carousel

About the Author

Ciara Flood

As a child, Ciara Flood enjoyed nothing more than snuggling up in bed and reading Asterix. She would spend hours creating stories and characters of her own. Now she is grown up she still loves doing these things, but she is lucky enough to do them as a job (except reading Asterix - she still does that for fun). After studying Visual Communications in Dublin, Ciara travelled the world, funding her trips by working as a fruit-picker, hot-dog vendor and dog-calendar seller. She now lives with her partner and daughter in London.

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32 pages


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th April 2018




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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