Stewie BOOM!: Boss of the Big Boy Bed

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Lighthearted tale of making the transition from crib to bed.

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Educational Value

Offers some tips and strategies for parents and kids for moving to a big bed, facing fears, and accepting change.

Positive Messages

Big beds are fun and switching to one is part of growing up. Even if you resist change at first, you can come around to accepting it in your own time. Following a brother or sister's lead can help you as you grow up. It's OK to take your time during transitions. Don't rush a kid who's having a hard time making a transition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Stewie's parents and brother are supportive and patient with him. Stewie coms around to accepting his new bed in his own time. Stewi's brother serves as a role model for him: He sleeps in a big bed every night, so it must be OK. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Christine Bronstein's Stewie BOOM!: Boss of the Big Boy Bed is one of a series of books narrated by young Stewie as he faces common childhood fears and situations. Here, he's having trouble making the transition from crib to bed. Others in the series include Stewie BOOM! Starts School and Stewie BOOM! and Princess Penelope: The Case of the Eweey, Gooey, Gross and Very Stinky Experiment. The books include parent tips at the back. Stewie BOOM!: Boss of the Big Boy Bed features advice from pediatrician Dr. Bill Sears. Stewie BOOM! Starts School has tips from a couple of Ph.D.s about how to prepare your child for school. 

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What's the story?

In STEWIE BOOM! BOSS OF THE BIG BOY BED, Stewie's parents tell him it's time from move from his crib to bed, but he's just not comfortable making the switch. He finally tries sleeping in his older brother's bed and wakes up convinced it's pretty cool. After that, he's ready to embrace the idea of sleeping in his own "big boy" bed. 

Is it any good?

Kids having a tough time transitioning to a bed will find inspiration in this encouraging story of a boy conquering his fear. Stewie Boom!: Boss of the Big Boy Bed is light and relatable, with engaging art to draw readers in. While his parents and brother are loving and supportive, it's nice to see Stewie finding his own way toward the desired outcome.

The narration by Stewie sounds a more stilted and adult than natural and kid-like, however:

"In the morning, I woke up in Zoom's bed. I realized I had slept all by myself in a big boy bed just like mine, and it felt just right. 

"At breakfast I yelled," I slept great in a big boy bed. I can't wait to sleep in my own big boy bed tonight! You were right, I just had to get used to it.

"'You should be proud of me,' I told Mommy and Daddy and Zoom and Princess Penelope." 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the problem in Stewie BOOM!: Boss of the Big Boy Bed. Why isn't Stewie comfortable in his new bed at first? 

  • Have you ever been afraid of something and followed your brother or sister's way of doing it that made it seem easier? What situation was that? 

  • Do you know kids who like to do things at their own pace and don't always accept new things right away? Are you like that? 

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