Mr. Underbed

Age Range: 5 - 11

When Mr Underbed keeps him awake at night, shaking the bed and snoring loudly, Jim reaches for his earmuffs... only to get more than he bargained for!

Book Author: Chris Riddell

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a prequel to the book that explains where the monsters came from. How did they all arrive in Jim’s bedroom?
  • Write a sequel to the book. What happens to Jim and the monsters the following night?
  • Write your own story about a child who discovers a monster under their bed.
  • Imagine that there is a friendly monster hiding in your classroom somewhere. Where is it hiding? Write a story about what happens when somebody discovers it.
  • Role play an interview with Jim (or the monsters). Why did Jim decide to give up his bed?
  • Think of some words to describe the setting of Jim’s bedroom. What things can you see? What might you be able to hear?
  • Think of some words to describe Mr. Underbed (and the other monsters).
  • This book was compared with the ‘Moz the Monster’ advert. Make a list of the similarities and differences between them.


  • How many monsters were in Jim’s bedroom by the end of this story? How many eyes did they have in total? How many arms? How many legs?
  • Design a new duvet cover for Jim’s bed. Can you use repeating patterns?
  • Look at the illustrations on the inside covers and compare the heights of the monsters. Can you estimate their sizes in centimetres?


  • Use graphics software to create some pictures of a monster.
  • Create an illustration of the place where Mr. Underbed came from.

Design Technology

  • Create a model of Mr. Underbed using different materials.


  • Create your own illustrations of a monster that might live under the bed.
  • Watch this video of Chris Riddell drawing Mr. Underbed. Can you use some of his techniques in your own drawings?


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