The sniffles for Bear

Bonny Becker

Book - 2011

Certain that no one has even been as sick as he is, Bear resists Mouse's efforts to cheer him and cure his cold.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2011.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 25 x 28 cm
ISBN
9780763647568
076364756X
Main Author
Bonny Becker (-)
Other Authors
Kady MacDonald Denton (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When Bear gets a dreadful cold, his mood sinks from grumpy to mournful to downright morbid. Relentlessly chipper Mouse attempts to cheer up his friend as he cares for him and caters to his whims. Though Bear even dictates his will before dropping off to sleep, he recovers quickly, just as Mouse comes down with a cold. The contrast between Bear's gloomy disposition and Mouse's upbeat demeanor creates the story's tension, while Denton's expressive watercolor-and-gouache illustrations make the most of the inherent dramatic and comic moments. An amusing addition to the excellent Bear and Mouse series. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—High-drama king Bear and endlessly cheerful Mouse return in this gently humorous tale. Convinced that no one has ever been so sick, Bear grumpily welcomes his friend but warns that he is near death's door. Mouse listens sympathetically and then tries everything he can think of to cheer his pal—singing, reading aloud, banjo playing, soup, humor—all to no avail. After a nap the formerly cranky Bear wakes up refreshed and feeling much better, only to discover that Mouse has developed the sniffles. With the tables turned, he nurses his little friend. The expressive, lightly colored watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations sweep across the pages, using the spreads and white space to great advantage. The body language of the characters conveys a huge emotional range. Whether readers are fans of this homey pair or new to the dynamic duo's doings, they will delight in the childlike repartee and comfortable friendship.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Certain that no one has even been as sick as he is, Bear resists Mouse's efforts to cheer him and cure his cold.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The relentlessly cheerfull Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Certain that no one has ever been as sick as he is, Bear resists Mouse's efforts to cheer him and cure his cold.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair.Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is. So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear “as good as new” by reading a sunny story, singing a rousing chorus and plinking a twangy tune on her banjo, the pitifully coughing Bear – growing weaker by the minute – is convinced that his tiny friend does not appreciate the gravity of the situation. Can there be any saving Bear from his certain demise? Welcome the world’s most lovable curmudgeon and his endearing, unstoppable sidekick in a wry new comedy sure to have even red-eyed, sniffly-nosed readers rolling with laughter.