Guess Who's Coming, Jesse Bearby Nancy White Carlstrom, Bruce Degen
Jesse's bossy cousin Sara is coming to visit for a whole week, and Jesse isn't happy about it. But Jesse is surprised to discover how much fun Sara can be!
Publishers WeeklyIn this rhyming story of the further adventures of Jesse Bear, the furry fellow gets a visit from an older cousin. While at first he's less than thrilled, by the time her week's visit is over, they can't bear to be parted. Ages 2-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library JournalPreS-KThe ever-popular Jesse Bear is back and very excited that someone is coming to visit him. Excited, that is, until he finds out that his guest is his cousin Sara who's "...older and no fun./She's bossy and she's bigger/And she bullies everyone." His opinion of Sara soon changes, however, and in the end he is sorry to see her go. Carlstrom's bouncy, energetic verse and Degen's bright, ink-and-watercolor artwork are sure to entertain youngsters. Once again, the text and illustrations work hand in hand to portray the humorous trials and tribulations of this adorable, well-loved bear. Another winner.Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Kirkus ReviewsWriting in simple, almost conversational verse and varying the meter to avoid singsong, Carlstrom brings her irrepressible young bear back for a seventh appearance, this one built around the days of the week. Initially dismayed to learn that bossy cousin Sara is coming to visit, Jesse finds being with herone day in the water, another in the attic dressing up, then playing school, skating, and so onto be more fun than he expects, as he's now old enough (usually) to give as good as he gets. Predictably, by the end of the week, they're both sorry that the visit is over. As usual, Degen poses smiling, clothed bears in comfortable, uniformly lit rooms, simplifying backgrounds to present an uncluttered appearance and to leave room for occasional dialogue balloons. Although this book is not as edgy and gleeful as Kevin Henkes's A Weekend with Wendell (1986), Carlstrom has developed a winning formula for painlessly introducing young preschoolers to basic skills and information. (Picture book. 7-9)
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