Bedtime for Bear

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Wintertime is here, and that means it is bedtime for Bear. But Bear's friends don't think so. They want Bear to come and play outside in the snow. Bear can hear his friends calling. He hears them laughing and playing. Bear can't sleep. But it's bedtime! What is a bear to do?

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Overview

Wintertime is here, and that means it is bedtime for Bear. But Bear's friends don't think so. They want Bear to come and play outside in the snow. Bear can hear his friends calling. He hears them laughing and playing. Bear can't sleep. But it's bedtime! What is a bear to do?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Helquist's sumptuous paintings and expansive sense of visual comedy make this otherwise familiar hibernation tale a keeper. It's winter, and Bear, a hulking fellow who favors polka-dot pjs and a stuffed rabbit, is ready for a nice long sleep in his cozy tree cottage. But two mischievous raccoon pals in striped knitwear manage to be just irritating enough to coax him outside (the old snowballs-on-the-windowpane trick) and get him enmeshed in their winter rumpus of snowmen, snowballs, and sledding ("There was snow to roll and stack.... There was snow to throw!"). With cinematic energy and exuberantly choreographed action, Helquist (A Christmas Carol) makes the characters' giddy, snow-induced sense of carpe diem feel immediate and irresistible, aided greatly by onomatopoeic "thumps!" and "zips!" as well as playful speech-bubble dialogue. Readers will want to jump right into these pages and join in the fun--and they'll close the book agreeing that Bear has truly earned his zzzzs. Bonus: with the line "It's bedtime for bears," Helquist has coined a bedtime call-to-arms with staying power. Ages 2–7. (Jan.)
Asheville Citizen-Times
“This interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is not to be missed. Brett Helquist gets everything just right.”
Deseret Morning News
“Helquist’s talent for detail and visual moods is truly remarkable. The whole family will love this one”
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Dressed in an orange-spotted nightshirt, clutching a stuffed bunny, big brown Bear stretches his mouth in a huge yawn. Outside his arched window two raccoons sharing a striped cap and scarf are building a snowman. Time for bed? Open the book and catch the raccoons yelling, "Hey, Bear!" And the story hasn't even started yet. Helquist's picture book for the youngest listeners and viewers doesn't include any disasters or sinister snowmen, but it does have a slippery slope, this time (unlike his illustrations for the Lemony Snicket series) strictly for fun. Though shaggy Bear is already snuggling down under his turquoise quilt, the raccoons burst in, begging him to come out and play in the enticing snow. Bear tries to sleep, but his acrobatic friends prove too distracting and soon he is joining them. Tripping, slipping, flipping, tumbling, and thumping, he rolls down an icy hill. It's just too exciting! Bear and the frenzied raccoons do it again and again—then they are laughing, making a snowbear, firing off snowballs ("Zip! Zonk!") till the moon comes out and exhausted Bear retires to his waiting bunny. With its big pages, a winter palette of browns and oranges, aqua and white, the artist has created an antic world of snowy fun that will appeal to readers wishing they were there. Since the final painting shows Bear sound asleep inside his snug (and rather grand) tree house, bedtime listeners may be tired enough to do the same. Helquist, who has been inspired by classic illustrators Wyeth and Pyle and admires Hans Christian Andersen Medal—winner Lisbeth Zwerger, proves once again the power of his artistry. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Light on drama but handsomely illustrated, this tale of a bear's interrupted winter nap will nonetheless fit nicely into winter and hibernation themes. Bear is tucked up in bed when his raccoon friends begin playing noisily outside his window and beg him to come out. He declines grumpily, repeating, "It's bedtime for bears." However, he soon finds himself swept up in the fun of winter play. By day's end, it is the raccoons who are exhausted while Bear begs for one more trip down the snowy hill. The adventures are related through graphic-novel-style panels, with text alternating between straight narration and speech bubbles. Some story elements are conveyed through image alone, and adults will have to fill in the gaps for preschoolers who aren't yet able to discern the visual progression from one panel to the next. Yet with the right reader-supplied commentary, young listeners will find the sojourn in Bear's woods satisfying. As with his other work, Helquist's compositions are lovely, with just the right quirky details to catch viewers' attention—a pair of eyes peeking through the corner of Bear's window, the raccoon duo's jaunty striped cap and scarf, and Bear's oversize polka-dot nightshirt. Though awash in cool blue snow, the paintings somehow emanate a welcoming warmth. Readers will wish that they could snuggle into Bear's cozy tree house with its charming leaded glass windows. Offer this one to those in need of a winter's read-aloud before naptime.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060502058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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