Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks


Jitterbug Jam by Barbara Jean Hicks

There is a boy under Bobo's bed. A scary boy with pink skin and orange fur on top of his head, and, worst of all, eyes the awful colour the sky is when you wake up in the middle of day. So next bedtime, Bobo crawls under the kitchen cabinet and decides he's not going to bed, not now, not ever. But then Boo-Dad comes. And Boo-Dad, the biggest, baddest grandpa ever, has the answer to Bobo's problem, if only Bobo can be brave enough to give it a try. Very soon in the story you realize that things are not quite the way you thought they were; and that who is who's monster is open to question.


Contains the sort of skill and imagination that most illustrators can only dream about -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Alexis Deacon is one of the finest of a younger generation of English illustrators for children ... His horned monsters seem distantly related to Maurice Sendak's wild things The Economist The eerie, surreal world is matched perfectly with exquisite slightly old-fashioned illustrations. And, despite all the scares, this is a warm uplifting tale of a kinship against the odds Junior Cute and endearing without being at all cloying or sentimental, this book is another bulls-eye for Deacon -- Ted Dewan Times Educational Supplement A rich treat indeed -- Jack Ousbey Carousel

About the Author

Barbara Jean Hicks (Author) Barbara Jean Hicks has worked as a waitress, a shop assistant, a nanny and a teacher. She was born in a small town in Washington state, USA, and now lives in Seattle, where she is Author in Residence at a primary school. She is the award-winning author of several books for adults. Jitterbug Jam was her first work for children. Barbara shares her home with two good friends, a large tuxedo cat, and, she says, 'a host of imaginary characters who keep my life hopping'.Alexis Deacon (Illustrator) Alexis Deacon graduated from the University of Brighton, where he studied Illustration, gaining a first class honours degree. Alexis Deacon was one of Booktrust's ten Best New Illustrators in 2008, and Beegu was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Alexis lives in London.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7


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Publication date

2nd March 2006



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