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Children's LiteratureAs a little bear brags that his father is the roughest and toughest animal in the jungle, he ferociously demonstrates all the things his dad can do, using bananas for claws and parsnips for fangs. When his small bear friends run away in terror, he finds himself alone in a very scary clearing until a menacing shadow reveals itself to be—his daddy! This big, cheerful picture book (first published in Great Britain) echoes just the kind of scenario that a pre-schooler likes to play out with a congenial adult. Never mind that bears don't live in jungles and that a polar bear (one of the friends) is seldom found near a banana tree! Colors are vivid, especially the greens and yellows of the foliage, while characters are bold and cartoon-like. Daddy is huge, dark brown and furry, and terribly reassuring as he carries the little one away on his shoulder. Young listeners may like to act this out for themselves, or just revel time and again (thanks to the sturdy pages) in the happy reunion after all that delicious shivering. 2003, Sterling, Ages 2 to 5.
— Barbara L. Talcroft