Bear, whose tousled, golden fur mimics the dunes, bounds along the beach in this companion to Bear's Day Out. “I'm a bear on a beach./ On a beach?/ On a beach,” he sings, but as he watches the birds, he wishes he “could fly up high one day.” Four children follow Bear and invite him to “Follow follow” all the way to the carnival, where they take him on a roller-coaster ride. The lyrical call-and-response and glowing illustrations give the book a cadence that's perfect for afternoon naps or lazy days. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—In a fairy-tale-like beginning, four helpful children wander on a beach and meet up with a bear that yearns to fly like the birds he watches swooping in the sky. "If you want to fly, Mr. Bear, follow us," declares one of the little girls. The five set off on a jaunty journey—"Follow follity follow"—and spend the day frolicking at an amusement park, including a visit to a haunted house, where Mr. Bear's arms lovingly nestle and protect them, and a flying ride on a roller coaster. Reynolds's bold watercolor illustrations extend the carefree spirit of Rosen's rhythmic text. "I can fly in the sky like a bird up high./Swoopy swoop/Swoopy swoop/Swoopy swoopity swoop." By placing objects and characters farther apart here than those in this team's Bear's Day Out (Bloomsbury, 2007), Reynolds gives the spreads more breathing space and keeps the pacing zipping along. His use of color is excellent, and slanting lines guide the eye along, whether the children are leading the bear up a hill in the daylight or down a road at dusk. The fiery orange-red of the setting-sun sky in the last spread makes the skipping children and bear seem up close and looking as if they're flying right into readers' laps. Bear gets his wish in a way, thanks to four kind children. Add this one to Jez Alborough's Where's My Teddy? (Candlewick, 2002) for a hummingly jolly storytime.—James K. Irwin, Evanston Public Library, IL
- Elizabeth Young
Instead of going on a bear hunt, readers are invited to fly high with charming Mr. Bear. A typical day finds him on a beach. On a beach? On a beach! He sings and watches birds in the sky swooping by, wishing he could fly way up high. Unbeknownst to Mr. Bear, he is being followed by some children who overhear his desire and suggest he follow them and his wish will be fulfilled. Where will they go to let Mr. Bear fly? A special place with whirling cups and saucers, roller coasters that stretch way up over the trees. Did you guess and amusement park? You're right! The flying fun ends when the sun sets—but their day does not end there. Next, it is off for the road by the sea home, with a stop to watch birds in the sky as Mr. Bear and his new friends lie on the sand. Great color and terrific illustrations give this story its greatest appeal. The whimsical facial expressions are friendly invitations into this book with a sense of anticipation for the next page, wherever that may lead. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
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Meet the Author
Michael Rosen is a hugely bestselling author of picture books and poetry. Michael frequently appears on radio and gives talks and lectures on children's literature. Michael was the Children's Laureate for 2007-2009 and the winner of the Eleanor Farjeon Award. He lives in London.
Adrian Reynolds was born in South Wales. After studying at Swansea College of Art and later at Cambridgeshire College of Art and Technology, Adrian worked at Heffers Children's Bookshop, then began writing and illustrating his own picture books. Adrian's very first books were published in 1997 and since then he has published more than twenty titles.