More Bears!

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Overview

Once upon a time there was a story. It was a lovely story with absolutely NO BEARS in it-not a SINGLE BEAR anywhere.

Then one day...MORE BEARS!

KENN NESBITT is possibly the funniest and most sought-after children's poet writing today. When he's not writing, podcasting, updating his website (poetry4kids.com), or visiting schools sharing his wacky brand of humor with kids across America, Kenn can be found ...

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Overview

Once upon a time there was a story. It was a lovely story with absolutely NO BEARS in it-not a SINGLE BEAR anywhere.

Then one day...MORE BEARS!

KENN NESBITT is possibly the funniest and most sought-after children's poet writing today. When he's not writing, podcasting, updating his website (poetry4kids.com), or visiting schools sharing his wacky brand of humor with kids across America, Kenn can be found cuddling his collection of stuffed bears. He seriously cannot get enough of bears. Or chickens.

TROY CUMMINGS has been drawing goofy animals pretty much nonstop since kindergarten. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers, in magazines, on websites, on frozen fish stick packages, and in hospital waiting rooms. He hibernates in Greencastle, Indiana, with his wife and cubs.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this rollicking metafictional romp, poet Nesbitt's first picture book, the bald author of a story is interrupted by anonymous voices that demand "MORE BEARS!!" ("Were those the voices of children shouting?"). Initially grumpy about the intrusion, the author complies--with every page turn there's another speech bubble calling for more bears--until there are "so many bears in the story that they couldn't all fit on the page." In Nickelodeon-ready cartoons, Cummings brings the idiosyncratic, one-of-a-kind bears to life, including Astrobear, who "was Bulgarian and always kept a hamster in his pocket, just in case," and "a papa bear, whose name, by the way, was Captain Picklehead, and a bear named Uncle Sheldon, who was bald and loved to play the ukulele." When the author finally decides to reclaim his story, any disappointment about the disappearance of the happy-go-lucky bears is mitigated by one last surprise demand for a story with... "More Chickens!" Kids will be shouting along with every request for more bears--it's a story that's made for read-aloud, though it's all but guaranteed to be a rowdy one. Ages 1–8. (Nov.)
Books For Boys
"Okay, it's only fair to warn you that, if you decide to buy More Bears, by Kenn Nesbitt and Troy Cummings, you'd better expect to set aside every other book that you normally read with your children — at least for a month or two — because the only book they'll be asking for, for quite some time after you first read it together, is...MORE BEARS!

Get this book, but I'd point out that it's best used as a read aloud with your child because of it's interactive nature. You'll both have hours and hours and hours of fun." - Books and Boys

Crazed Mind
"The first time we read More Bears it took awhile to figure out the theme for her. But once it clicked then it was a giggle with each turn of the page. Next time we read it she started looking for each bear mentioned. And the third time she then figured out if the bears shown were from different scenes previously in the book. I have to give Princess Emma an A+ in memory skills. Ken, we have to say, yes books need more bears even when the author may not know it." - Crazed Mind
Creative Madness
"I love this book. No, you don't understand. I really love this book. This reminds me of the interactivity of that old Grover book, the on "There is a Monster at the End of this Book" or something like that. Each page brings interaction with your child and reader's audience. I love it! The poetry is so much fun and attractive to the ear... I definitely recommend this for a keeper shelf for every child." - Creative Madness
— Margaret Chind
For Immediate Release Reviews Kids
"When More Bears! showed up in our mailbox, I was a titch reluctant to open it because of how highly I rate Kenn Nesbitt's poetry books. What if his first crack at a picture book didn't measure up? Yeah, that was a complete waste of a good worry. Kenn is brilliant about knowing what children will like and being able to insert just the right amount of wackiness. It follows that his picture book is hilarious." - For Immediate Release Reviews Kids
Homespun Light
"I really enjoy books that are interactive with the reader. More Bears! is a fun example of that.

Cummings did a great job illustrating this entertaining story. Stylish colors and bears of all shapes and sizes add great dimension to the story.

I loved this book." - Homespun Light

Parenting Magazine
"Bears in cowboy hats, bears in space! You'll be rolling when the grumpy narrator has his story overrun by these friendly beasts." - Parenting Magazine, School Years
The Infant Bibliophile
"The book screams "read aloud." It looks like it was written for storytime. If you have any shouters, they'll delight in yelling, "More bears!" on nearly every page." - The Infant Bibliophile
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The author of this story believes he has his plotline completely in hand as he begins. However, within three lines, unseen children begin to demand "More Bears!" The author tries to insist on his original vision, but caves in to their clamor. The bears begin entering the book, one by one, then in pairs, until there are more and more and more bears. The author then has to step back in and get rid of all the creatures crowding the pages. The bears are funny and charming, all with their own little quirks to distinguish them from the multitude. A father is called Captain Picklehead and Elbow wears his underpants on the outside of his clothes. Since the story is just the author/child interaction and naming the characters, the illustrations have to pop to keep the list from being overwhelming. Cummings's smooth, digitally rendered artwork does the job admirably. There is strong color on every page, and the bears are infused with zaniness and fun. The participatory refrain of "More Bears" will bring this selection to life at storytimes.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

Teachers and librarians searching for sophisticated read-alouds will find much to love in this bear-saturated offering, as will parents looking for a change of pace. As an author attempts to write a story, he is continually interrupted by children's demands for "MORE BEARS!!" Initially conservative in the number of bears added, he is soon swept up in the excitement of plugging in new kinds of bears on each page. However, when the abundance of bears overwhelms the book entirely, the author casts them out and tries to write a new story. That is, until the last page of the book: "MORE CHICKENS!!" Nesbitt expertly melds his wittily monikered bears (example: Admiral Haversham, the English dancing bear, and Excellent Steve,the bear who surfs) to silly humor kids will dig.It's difficult to resist the hordes of firefighting, space-exploring, juggling, flying, conniving bears that pack these pages. Cummings adds just the right feel to the illustrations, going from simple images to crazed two-page spreads.A welcome addition to preschool and early-elementary storytimes and a surefire hit. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402238352
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 399,802
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several collections of funny poetry for kids, including My Hippo Has the Hiccups, Tighty Whitey Spider, Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! Kenn travels the country, visiting over 70 schools each year. His website, Poetry4Kids.com, is the most popular children's poetry website in the world.

Troy Cummings has been drawing goofy animals pretty much nonstop since kindergarten. He hibernates in Greencastle, Indiana with his wife and cubs.

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Read an Excerpt

Once upon a time there was a story. This story was a lovely story with absolutely no bears in it-not a single bear anywhere. Then one day...

MORE BEARS!!

What? Who said that? The author of the story looked around the room, wondering where those voices had come from. Were those the voices of children shouting? Then he went back to writing.

As I was saying, this story had absolutely no bears at all. The author was very certain about this.

MORE BEARS!!

The author tried very, very hard to ignore the children who thought that the story ought to have...

MORE BEARS!!

Fine. This story had a bear. It was a cute little baby bear strolling through the book looking for-

MORE BEARS!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Good book

    This book is really funny u should buy it!!!

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    Posted April 16, 2012

    Love it

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    Posted June 11, 2012

    Kk

    I hate it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    More bears

    Buy It

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