Never Ask a Bear

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You can ask a bear over to play, but don't expect him to know the rules!

He'll bang on doors, stretch your favorite tutu, throw the ball too hard, slurp water from the sink, splatter cookie dough with his paws, and even scare your little sister.

With this helpful and hilarious guidebook, you'll know just what to do when you-know-who comes a-knocking!

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Overview

You can ask a bear over to play, but don't expect him to know the rules!

He'll bang on doors, stretch your favorite tutu, throw the ball too hard, slurp water from the sink, splatter cookie dough with his paws, and even scare your little sister.

With this helpful and hilarious guidebook, you'll know just what to do when you-know-who comes a-knocking!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This cautionary guidebook provides readers with 10 important rules to follow when having a bear over to play. Advice includes not having him close the front door as it will end up in the front yard, not telling him to take a seat, for "your mom's favorite chair/Will end up as a treat." Bears are rambunctious, messy, and wild. The young boy's animal playmate behaves like a 400-pound toddler. This boisterous romp is good for reading aloud but explores no new ground. The illustrations are full of movement and energy as they spill across the page. The bear's uninhibited strength and great size are conveyed through Barrette's use of perspective. Nearly every scene contains an object in midair and thus a sense of the bear's naivety regarding the rules. Good for larger collections and where Laura Numeroff's "If You Give a …" books (HarperCollins) are in demand.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Ever wonder what happens if you invite a bear over to play? The answer can be found in this upbeat rhyming tale. A young boy who has apparently experienced such a playdate lets readers know the rules, ten to be exact. In bouncy verse, readers are warned never to ask a bear to close the front door, "Because... / He'll slam it / And bang it / And push it real hard. / And then your front door / Will end up in your yard!" Readers are also warned against such things as asking a bear to take a seat, play dress-up or play ball because of the cheerful mayhem and destruction he will inevitably cause. Barrette's typical children's-book-fare illustrations are cute and funny enough, but they get repetitive since most spreads picture the oblivious bear turning over a table, painting a cat, flooding a bathroom and so forth while the children gape with similar "oh no!" expressions. Not particularly memorable, but readers will most likely find the antics entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061128769
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,449,775
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud is the author of such books as How Do You Sleep? and Polly Hopper's Pouch. She was born in England and now lives in Sandy Spring, Maryland, with her family.

Doris Barrette is an award-winning artist who has illustrated more than thirty children's books, including The Christmas Song by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, and The Hockey Card by Jack Siemiatycki and Avi Slodovnick. She lives with her three children in Quebec, Canada.

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