The bear must go on

Dev Petty

Book - 2020

Rabbit, Bear, Squirrel, and Other Squirrel make big plans for a show, but they have forgotten one very important thing and only shy Bear can help.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Philomel Books [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
ISBN
9781984837479
1984837478
Main Author
Dev Petty (author)
Other Authors
Brandon Todd (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Four woodland friends decide to put on a show—but not just any show. It must be big, and it must be the best! As Rabbit, Squirrel, and Other Squirrel plan their stage debut, shy Bear insists that he will remain behind the scenes, acting as the diligent notetaker. It's no small task: the other animals work themselves into a frenzy shouting out their demands. There must be shiny tickets! Sparkly curtains! Tiny hats for birds! Bear jots everything down in his increasingly jumbled notebook, with his scribbles splashed across the pages for readers to enjoy. It's not until the curtains go up that the quartet realize they forgot to write a show, and it is up to bashful Bear to save the day. Petty's playful text is witty and wonderful, and Todd's detailed digital artwork perfectly portrays the warm tones of the forest and the hilariously feverish brainstorming sessions. A cheerful story, conveying the joy of creation, the fun of friendship, and the beauty of stepping outside one's comfort zone. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Four woodland friends decide to put on a show—but not just any show. It must be big, and it must be the best! As Rabbit, Squirrel, and Other Squirrel plan their stage debut, shy Bear insists that he will remain behind the scenes, acting as the diligent notetaker. It's no small task: the other animals work themselves into a frenzy shouting out their demands. There must be shiny tickets! Sparkly curtains! Tiny hats for birds! Bear jots everything down in his increasingly jumbled notebook, with his scribbles splashed across the pages for readers to enjoy. It's not until the curtains go up that the quartet realize they forgot to write a show, and it is up to bashful Bear to save the day. Petty's playful text is witty and wonderful, and Todd's detailed digital artwork perfectly portrays the warm tones of the forest and the hilariously feverish brainstorming sessions. A cheerful story, conveying the joy of creation, the fun of friendship, and the beauty of stepping outside one's comfort zone. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When Rabbit suggests they "put on a show," two of his woodland pals—Squirrel and Other Squirrel—erupt with enthusiasm, but Bear, pencil in paw, announces that he's too shy to perform on stage, and instead will be "the note taker." The thespian hopefuls shout out items they need, ordering Bear to write down the humorously detailed list: hats with straps for the birds ("Without straps their hats will fall off and the show will be ruined") and shiny tickets ("Write SHINY in big letters, Bear!... No one will come if the tickets are dull"). Bear diligently records and whimsically illustrates their requests as he "sang a sweet song, which made him smile," but the rodents forget a major component while bossing Bear about. Making his picture book debut, Todd captures the feverish preparations and the props' funny flourishes in animated digital art, while type of various sizes and colors amplifies the energy. Petty (I Don't Want to Be a Frog) elevates Bear to hero status in the rewarding finale to her story, which applauds facing one's fears, being a good friend, and keeping an eye on the big picture. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Three woodland creatures want to put on the perfect show. This means they need shiny tickets, sparkly curtains, and birds with tiny hats. Shy Bear is the scribe, taking notes on all the elements of production, happy to stay away from the spotlight. The night of the production, everything is ready to go, but the critters forgot a major detail: They never wrote a script. Bear, a performer at heart, might be able to save the day with an original song, as the show must go on. From the author of I Don't Want to Be a Frog comes this adorable, theatrical tale of overcoming stage fright. Two squirrels and a rabbit pop off the page, illustrated in bright colors and contrasted with the muted, timid bear, shown with a dainty pencil tucked behind his ear. These little details are what make the illustrations so charming. The exuberant squirrels and rabbit appear all over the page, with large speech bubbles and bolded words, while the bear sits quietly by himself on opposite pages, mirroring the plot of the story and demonstrating to readers that there are different kinds of people in the world and they can work together to make great things happen. VERDICT This playful and endearing story offers young readers a heartfelt message about collaboration and overcoming fear, making it an excellent choice for most collections.—Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Rabbit, Bear, Squirrel, and Other Squirrel make big plans for a show, but they have forgotten one very important thing and only shy Bear can help.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When his three exuberant woodland friends organize a stage show involving beautifully sequined curtains, extra-tall hats and super-shiny tickets, shy Bear works behind the scenes before an unexpected mishap puts him in the spotlight. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this hilarious story of theatrical hijinks, plans go awry when four woodland friends stage a show--unless Bear can step up and save the day!Bear and his woodland friends are putting on a show, and there are lots of plans to be made. Their curtains need sequins! Their hats must be very, very tall! And their tickets have to be shiny! (No one will come if the tickets are dull.)Behind the scenes, shy Bear takes notes on every detail until his paws ache. But at least he won't have to go on stage. He could NEVER do that!. . . Or could he?In this uproarious tale of theatrical mishaps told with hilariously endearing art, four woodland friends bring down the house--and have plenty of fun along the way.Praise for The Bear Must Go On:"A snort-inducing lesson of both bravery and preparation." --Kirkus Reviews"The rewarding finale . . . applauds facing one's fears, being a good friend, and keeping an eye on the big picture." --Publishers Weekly"Witty and wonderful . . . A cheerful story, conveying the joy of creation, the fun of friendship, and the beauty of stepping outside one's comfort zone." --Booklist"Youngsters who find the spotlight too bright might be inspired by Bear's turn on the stage, and show stealers may also reconsider and revalue the contributions of pals who stay behind the scenes." --BCCB"This playful and endearing story offers young readers a heartfelt message about collaboration and overcoming fear, making it an excellent choice for most collections." --SLJ