Bears
  • Bears
  • Bears
  • Bears
<Previous >Next

Bears

4.0 1
by Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

With just 27 words, the inimitable Ruth Krauss created a charming little universe.

Now Maurice Sendak has turned her bears into a troupe of players in a slapstick comedy starring a familiar boy in a wolf suit.

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Overview

With just 27 words, the inimitable Ruth Krauss created a charming little universe.

Now Maurice Sendak has turned her bears into a troupe of players in a slapstick comedy starring a familiar boy in a wolf suit.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Let the wild rumpus continue, Max seems to say, in Sendak's illustrations of Krauss's 1948 text-the hero's first appearance since the 1964 Caldecott Medal- winning Where the Wild Things Are. And a joyful fete it is. On the half-title page, a vignette of a yellow floppy-eared dog gazing adoringly at Max appears next to a spot illustration of a Teddy bear, dangling from a rope by its neck (echoes of the opening to Wild Things). When the boy rescues the stuffed bear and takes it to bed with him-leaving his pet on the floor-the pooch kidnaps the bear and, for the next nine spreads, hides the Teddy in a sea of giant ursine limbs. "Bears/ Bears/ Bears/ Bears/ Bears," opens the text, which spans just over two dozen words. Nothing in the text suggests the visual drama that unfolds, yet thanks to Sendak's canny mix of insight and playfulness, Max, his pup and Teddy bear appear completely at home in this furry wonderland. The dog darts between ursine legs "on the stairs" on one spread, and hides behind a shower curtain while the giant bears are "washing hairs" in another. Sendak fans will recognize the palm tree setting against a cornflower-blue sky for the bears "giving stares" (i.e., Max tames the wild things with "the magic trick/ of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once"). The pursuit continues past a parade of bejewelled furry "million aires" in top hats, berets and boas, where Max reclaims his toy. Just when the dog fears banishment again, Max welcomes his beloved pooch back into bed. The tale speaks to new siblings and dejected friends, but for Krauss and Sendak aficionados (the duo's decade-long collaboration began with A Hole Is to Dig-see Children's Books), this is an occasion for celebration. All ages. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Sendak's vision for Krauss's 1948 story is pure gold. The 27-word text is full of possibility: "Bears-Under chairs-Washing hairs-Giving stares-Collecting fares-." In both editions, the hand-lettered, cursive font creates an intimate, childlike aura, but the similarities stop there. Phyllis Rowand approached the phrases as discrete concepts to be illustrated. Her two-color spreads show fuzzy, brown bears in performance, with touches of gentle humor. Sendak sets a full-color story in motion on the cover. In a scene both familiar and fresh, a boy in a wolf suit snuggles his stuffed bear in a themed room where the object of his affection is replicated on every conceivable surface. His dog is visibly annoyed, and Sendak's signature honesty in dealing with emotions is evident in the pup's solution on the title page: the bear hangs from a noose. Upon witnessing more cuddling, the canine snatches the toy, and the chase is on. The boy pursues the duo through a world of adult-sized bears engaged in the silly or serious stage directions. The youngster's persistence finally pays off, but the pet assumes the place of honor in bed. The pained expression on the bear indicates that the story is far from over. Children will relate to the dog's jealousy, the child's separation anxiety, and the difficulty of divided loyalties. Sure to spark laughter and original wordplay, this is the marriage of two masters.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sendak illustrates Krauss's 1948 original with visual and thematic references to his own Wild Things, interpreting a small drama in 27 words as a tale of childhood rivalry. The cover tableau grounds the story, with Max and his teddy bear cuddled in bed as a displaced dog looks on possessively. The dog's jealousy causes him to steal the bear and a chase ensues across the pages, all populated by bears, with a brief stop on the island where the "wild things" are, of course, bears. It's a circular journey that begins and ends in Max's room with Sendak's moon shining in. The wayward dog, to his blissful satisfaction, supplants the bear at last. Is this a forgiving Max overlooking organic misbehavior? The pooch doubtless finds Max's bed "still warm." Sendak's line is soft and thick, depicting dozens of non-threatening bears as large, pudgy and expressive. Readers will relish the reappearance of the iconic Max and the recognition of their own capricious allegiances. (Picture book. 3-6)

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060279943
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/24/2005
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,370,478
Product dimensions:
9.12(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >