A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Offers some tips and strategies for parents and kids for moving to a big bed, facing fears, and accepting change.
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
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.
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.
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."
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