Bedtime Without Arthur

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Bella has a bear named Arthur. Like other bears, he’s soft and cuddly. Unlike other bears, Arthur knows karate and works tirelessly all night to protect Bella from monsters, dragons, slugs, and other things that lurk in the shadows. One night, Arthur goes missing. Her mother, her father, and her little brother search high and low, but he is nowhere to be found. Will Bella ever find him again? Or can she find a way to be brave all on her own?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2009
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2010-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV010000, JUV040000, JUV039140
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 11 x 9.5
Lexile 530
Guided Reading Level J
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 134919
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2009


Publishers Weekly

“Meserve’s artwork propels the story forward, skillfully mixing drama and comedy, and makes a persuasive case for being an empathetic and decidedly grown-up older sibling.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Meserve’s vivid, dreamlike cartoons function less as a backdrop to the words and more as the primary story. . . its vibrant illustrations, gentle story, and direct lesson make it a potential read-aloud for parents looking to wean their child from bedtime crutches.”
School Library Journal

Author, Illustrator: Jessica Meserve

Jessica Meserve was born in New Hampshire. She studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Before pursuing a career as an illustrator, she worked in children's publishing. She now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.