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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Jane Dyer, author of Time for Bed and I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, wins us over again with this picture book about a small bear who doesn't want to hibernate.
In gorgeous watercolors that perfectly capture the end of autumn, we meet Little Brown Bear and his furry family, who are getting ready to sleep for the winter. Little Brown Bear would rather "be a goose and fly south," though, and after he's tucked into bed, the curious bruin sneaks out and hightails it to the train station. Geese are busy climbing aboard a southbound train ("Oh, some of us prefer the train," one goose tells him), and after they arrive at their destination, they head for the beach. Little Brown Bear plays in the sand for a while, but soon he's built a sand cave and climbs inside, only to realize that in his own bed, and with his parents, is the best place to be.
Dyer's heartwarming story and gentle illustrations make this a story just right for any snugglebear. Little Brown Bear's an adorably curious tot, and his tender emotional expressions will have any reader feeling his warm joys and despondent loneliness. Especially amusing, too, is his trip down south with the friendly geese, who are busy playing cards and eating boxed lunches on the train. A peaceful treat for storytimes and a fitting tale for restless kids, Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap is nighttime goodness. Matt Warner