Who's in My Bed?
by Helen Piers
Illustrated by Dave Saunders
Published by Marshall Cavendish, 1999
Ages 2 - 5
When the little gray donkey comes to his stable one evening, he finds that it is occupied by a pig who explains: "I'm in here because somebody else is in my place. And he bites." So begins a pattern that is carried through with a series of displaced farm animals, including a dog, a hen, a mouse, and finally, a beetle whose burrow had been accidentally stepped on and ruined by the donkey himself. Each boldly painted double-page spread shows a different barnyard scene, with a door to open by lifting a flap to reveal the animal inside. Young readers are given descriptive clues so that they can guess the identity of the next animal before they open the door. The appealing illustrations, strong narrative pattern, and participatory nature of the story make this an excellent choice for early childhood literacy programs, as well as a good read-aloud selection for preschool storytimes. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Readers (KTH; May 17) © Cooperative Children's Book Center