The wonderful folks over at Bloomsbury sent me three bear-themed books for young readers since I happen to enjoy kids’ books. I wanted to share my thoughts for any of you who might be interested in grabbing these for young readers you know! I also wanted to showcase the art because all three books are so cute!
So Big! written and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
My Edition: Hardcover – 30 pages – 2019 – Bloomsbury – ISBN:9781547600793
From the inside flap: Bear is SO BIG, and he’s ready to start school! But even if you’re SO BIG, you might feel a little nervous at times. Can Bear brave his first day and find a way to make it feel just right?
This is a cute little book about growing up and starting school. Bear feels big, until he sees how big school is, and how unfamiliar places and scenarios can make you feel small. But a friendly face can make new situations feel just right!
This was an adorable book and it’s great for any littles just beginning to read, as the sentences are really just short phrases, with little words, many of which happen to be ‘so big.’
Welcome to Morningtown written by Blake Liliane Hellman and illustrated by Steven Henry
My Edition: Hardcover – 2019 – 36 pages – Bloomsbury – ISBN: 9781681198736
From the inside flap: In Morningtown, animal families of all shapes and sizes are waking up to a shiny new day. They leave fluffy beds, hard beds, and secret beds to hop, splash, and flutter through their morning routines, getting ready for whatever the day holds. One thing is certain – every day is a beautiful day in Morningtown!
The flap says it all – this book is about all sorts of animal families starting their day. The story has a rhyme feel to it and the illustrations have many fun details. I especially enjoyed the endpapers.
The sentences in this are longer than those of So Big! but are still great for early readers to tackle on their own. There’s a bit more of a story arc here too.
Bear Out There written and illustrated by Jacob Grant
My Edition: Hardcover – 36 pages – 2019 – Bloomsbury – ISBN: 9781681197456
From the inside flap: Bear’s favorite place is inside. He loves sharing his tidy home with his friend Spider. Spider loves the outdoors! When Spider’s kite flies away, Bear must venture out and into the messy forest to help his friend. As their quest in the forest goes from bad to worse, Bear and Spider show readers that being a friend means being there for each other, no matter what.
This was by far my favorite of the three books. I mean, just look at these illustrations!
I love the color palettes and the simple, yet textured art style. I want to hug both Bear and Spider. And I NEVER like spiders. In fact, if all spiders looked like the one in this story, my life would be very different!
Bear is a relatable guy – like me, he’s tidy, prefers tea and hanging out indoors with books and stuffed animals. Spider brings him out of his shell, as the two embark on a journey for a lost kite. Much like Bear, I also get grumbly when outdoors, yet I’ll probably warm up to the adventure if I’m with friends. Basically, this book is about me.
This is maybe the most advanced of the three stories from a little reader perspective. There are two different character perspectives and a fairly detailed story, despite the short length. In writing this post, I learned this is actually the second Bear and Spider book and not only do I want the first, but I basically want everything else Grant has done!
I highly recommend any of these three books to young readers, or adults who enjoy collecting children’s books, especially about bears.
Also, here’s a bonus pic of my friend’s dog helping me take photos: