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A Bedtime for Bear

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When the impish Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear is in for a rude — and very funny — awakening in this irresistible new story starring the unlikely pair.

Bear must have absolute quiet when he goes to bed. He likes to set out his glass of water, adjust his nightcap, fluff his favorite pillow, and then drift peacefully to sleep. But the effervescent Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, finds it terribly hard to be as quiet as a . . . well, you know. With masterfully paced ...

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Overview

When the impish Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear is in for a rude — and very funny — awakening in this irresistible new story starring the unlikely pair.

Bear must have absolute quiet when he goes to bed. He likes to set out his glass of water, adjust his nightcap, fluff his favorite pillow, and then drift peacefully to sleep. But the effervescent Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, finds it terribly hard to be as quiet as a . . . well, you know. With masterfully paced slapstick humor, droll repartee, and comic visual details, the curmudgeonly Bear and his irrepressible friend Mouse return in a third wry adventure that will have readers of all ages laughing in recognition.

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Publishers Weekly
Bear and Mouse return to prove that friends may not be perfect, but they're there when it matters most. Bear can't stand noise at bedtime, so he isn't pleased when Mouse turns up to spend the night. Mouse's humming, squeaking, and whispers of "Good night!" make Bear lose his patience, but when the house at last falls silent, Bear discovers that having everything just so is less important than having a friend when nighttime sounds turn scary. Denton's ink and watercolor illustrations ably express the dry humor of Becker's dialogue and personifications, which make this a bedtime standout. Ages 5-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mouse and Bear, the appealing odd couple heroes of two other delightful stories, return in a true test of friendship. For Bear is very fussy about his bedtime routine: his water, his pillow, and above all absolute quiet. So when Mouse comes over one evening, suitcase in hand, to spend the night, Bear is wary. And for good reason. Although warned that absolute quiet is required, Mouse manages a series of really irritating noises, apologizing for each, as Bear fumes. But when it is finally quiet, Bear is so nervous that he wakes Mouse up. Clever Mouse reassures Bear; Bear then tells Mouse a story. Finally they can both fall asleep together. The sprightly rodent and the skeptical bear, drooping nightcap in place, are introduced on the jacket. Denton uses sketchy watercolors, ink, and gouache for action vignettes and larger scenes, where Bear's varying emotions constitute the core of the story. Large lettering clearly conveys emphasis. Young readers should have fun as they identify with both characters. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Bear and Mouse are back and charming as ever. Bear needs everything just so and perfectly quiet at night, so when his friend shows up for a sleepover, he is wary. All goes well until Mouse's noises disturb him. Then Mouse falls asleep, and Bear hears something. Awakened by his worried friend, Mouse goes along with his host's premise that it was he who was frightened and checks under the bed, etc., finally settling in for a bedtime story. Ultimately both fall asleep together. In a perfect marriage of illustrations and text, Becker and Denton portray Bear as skeptical, then irritated, and, finally, nervous. Unflappable Mouse, with his satisfied smile, is a perfect foil. With lines like, "'I am here to spend the night!' exclaimed Mouse with a happy wiggle of his whiskers," and "'You'll want a bedtime story, I expect,' said Bear. 'For your nerves,'" Becker's clever text imbues the characters with personality and the story with humor. Denton's watercolor, ink, and gouache artwork brings them to life. With just a few lines, illustrations take Bear from annoyed to frightened and Mouse from sleepy to awake. In a combination of full-bleed spreads, full pages, and spot art, they draw readers through the story. For children who are frightened at night, trying to navigate the world of friendships, or facing new experiences, Bear and Mouse are the perfect companions.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763641016
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: Bear and Mouse Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 129,945
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonny Becker

Bonny Becker is the author of three books about Bear and Mouse as well as a number of other award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. She lives in Seattle.

Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of all three Bear and Mouse stories as well as Two Homes by Claire Masurel. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

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