By Michele Landsberg
Updated February 23, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

The Bed Book is a sprightly bedtime read-aloud poem that invites some slapdash imaginings about other kinds of beds, not just ”white little/tucked-in-tight little/nighty-night little/turn-out-the-light little” beds. From Plath, we expect and get some wonderful flights of invention: elephant beds from which you can pick bananas, miraculously sprouting pocket-size beds, snack beds, and beds marine or polar.

The verse is as bouncy as a new mattress, and the full-page watercolor illustrations by McCully are delightfully adept at suggesting just what a tank bed or a bird-watching bed might look like and just what surprises they might contain. A

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