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Ten in a Bed (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Allan Ahlberg , Andre Amstutz
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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2 Aug 1990 Puffin Books
A collection of stories about Dinah Price and the fairy tale characters she has to entertain every night. Occupying her bed, they all refuse to budge until Dinah tells them a bedtime story. Ahlberg is also author of Woof!.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (2 Aug 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014032531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140325317
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
This reading brought across vividly the power of a good story.A series of fairytale characters appear nightly in the bed of Dinah who has a fantasy life with them. The story is told from Dinah's point of view. Faitytales are 'rewritten' as Dinah outwits the intruders. She tells her visitors her own versions of the stories which my class delighted in.Children will put themselves in Dinah's shoes as they listen to a master storyteller doing justice to a superb authors work. Recommended to tie in with work on fairytales in the NationalLiteracy Strategy. Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinah's a kid like you! 31 Mar 1999
By A Customer
The story is about a girl called Dinah Price. Strange things keep happening to her. All these different characters appear in her bed. Some things are repeated in the story. When Dinah tells her friend, her friend always has something better. The story has eight chapters of fun. The main characters are the Three Bears, Esmerelda, Simple Simon, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, Dinah Price, the Frog Prince and a big bad wolf. It is a good book for 8-9 year olds because it is really long. It's got characters from fairy tales; some 8-9 year olds like fairy tales. The part that I enjoyed most was when Dinah's baby brother was crying. She ignored him and kept talking to the giant but later she got annoyed so she went over to him and made him go to sleep. This is a very good book because Dinah's a kid like you! So, if you're into comedy I think you should buy it. Everyone might like this book if I like it - I know you will.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!! 1 May 2008
Dinah Price is a little girl; she lives with her mum and dad, her big brother and her little one tow. One night, she got visited by the three bears (from Goldilocks and the Three Bears) and ever since she had been having strange visitors...
This book is very original and clever as well. For one week, every night she had a fairy tale guest and she found some way of getting rid of them. Mainly it was by telling the unwanted visitors' stories but now and again she had to find another approach. By day, she is continued with life normally but every night, her life changed. Allan Ahlberg did a great job with this book and I think that he should try and make it into a poem.
I would absolutely rate this book 8/ 10 and would strongly recommend it to young children who like fairy tales, adventures and a good giggle!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Story Ever! 2 April 2008
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a brilliant story and get it on CD or tape if you can -read by Andy Crane - and all car journeys will be a doddle. My children have loved this story and read it again and again. It is funny and quirky and just one of the best books I have ever read! Any child from about 6 onwards would enjoy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Bedtime Storybooks 20 Dec 2002
By "baruch3rd" - Published on
Ten in a Bed is an excellent bedtime storybook. Each chapter contains a slightly twisted version of a classic fairy tale. The book is ingeniously written to make the stories sound more concrete than your average fairy tale. Too many people are convinced that childrens books are only for children, but most adults will enjoy reading this book, if they have the time. Most American children may not understand some of the British terms used in this book, but adults will definitely appreciate its dry humor. The book does not have many illustrations, but the authors implemented great descriptions and word imagery to create a rather interesting and modern setting for fairy tales. Every kid should have this book read to them at least once, and every adult should read this book to at least one child.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This repetitious book is a guaranteed favorite for children! 29 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on
This book is a guaranteed favorite for young preschool children! The repetition of the text makes this book a winner! I read this book several times each day. I teach Pre-kindergarten and my children beg for more!!!!!! This book has been an asset in my classroom for teaching counting skills and number sequencing. I highly recommend it for any parent or teacher of young children. Also you can incorporate singing to the text. It's a GREAT book
5.0 out of 5 stars A family treat 8 May 2008
By D. Athay - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to Andy Ahlberg's Ten in a Bed when I was a kid living in Cambridge England. The version we had was the one narated by Carole Boyd. That version is great on its own merits but I love the voices that Andy Crane does. My only nit is that it seems that Andy Crane does rush a bit and I feel he sometimes steps on his own timing.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for little ones 22 Oct 2006
By D - Published on
I got the tape version for my little ones to listen to in the car. They are only 4 & 5 and they absolutely loved it. The suggested age above says 9-12, but I think that is a little high. If your younger ones have any sort of decent vocabulary, and even a passing familiarity w/ the classic children's tales (or at least their tenets), they will thoroughly enjoy this book. True, they will have some of the "dry British wit" fly over their heads, but the story is undoubtedly still for kids. Sort of like watching the Simpsons with your 12 year-old: They don't get the Kennedy impersonations or social commentary, but they still enjoy watching it.

Note that the narrator of the tape is also outstanding. He reads it like a real pro, an actor possibly. The intonations, the style, his effort at switching characters back and forth (listen to the Wolf chapter for a particularly excellent example of this skill)... absolutely first rate! Highly recommended!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very British 21 Oct 2007
By N. Gilbert - Published on
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Clever stories, but loaded with Britishisms that would frustrate a young American reader. The first chapter or two are fine: "Too many bears" (where Dinah finds three bears in her bed) and "Esmerelda" (a witch who fattens children up and cooks them into pies -- not a story I recognize). Then we begin finding British idioms at the rate of about one per paragraph. While I love British idioms, and think a few words like "mum" and "crisps" and "rucksack" and "programme" and "leant" are fine for a 7-year-old to figure out in context, other terms will be confusing: "Dinah had a bowl of cornflakes with the top of the milk on them." "Dinah's dad gave her 10p to put in the collection tin." "A torch under the blanket." "Nappies on the line." "Baby's cot." "Smarties." "Trilby hat." "Little madam." "A plaster on her finger." "May I have a go with the scent-spray?" "Face-flannel." "Allotments" (shared gardens). "Adjustable spanner." I may annotate the book and send it to my favo[u]rite 7-year-old, but someone without a source for British vocabulary might not enjoy this book.
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