No Trouble at All

No Trouble at All

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by Sally Grindley, Eleanor Taylor
     
 

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This charming bedtime story is sure to inspire giggles from children and parents alike with its fun portrayal of a rather naïve Grandfather bear who thinks that the cubs he is babysitting are perfectly behaved. But the pictures tell another story! The little mischief-makers get into a pillow fight, snatch jam from the kitchen and sneak outside, all while

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This charming bedtime story is sure to inspire giggles from children and parents alike with its fun portrayal of a rather naïve Grandfather bear who thinks that the cubs he is babysitting are perfectly behaved. But the pictures tell another story! The little mischief-makers get into a pillow fight, snatch jam from the kitchen and sneak outside, all while Grandfather believes they are fast asleep. This Grandfather is universal in his love and tolerance, and children will recognize themselves in the playful cubs.

Author Biography: Sally Grindley is the author of numerous books for children. In England, she is the recipient of the Federation of Children's Books Group Prize for SSSSH! In addition to spending time writing, she also enjoys playing tennis, painting with watercolor, and studying wildlife. She lives in England.

Eleanor Taylor divides her time between illustrating children's books and painting scenes on the walls of people's homes. This is her first picture book to be published in the U.S. She lives in London, England.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two little bears outfox their grandfather in what PW called a "sly offering. The poker-face text plays straight man to Taylor's charming artwork." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Grandfather Bear insists his grandchildren are "No trouble at all" when they visit. In the very brief text, he tells us how well they behave, as he plans treats for them. The illustrations, however, tell a different story. Young readers will surely giggle as they watch the two mischief makers at play while the unobservant grandfather goes about his quiet routines. A black kitten sees it all but doesn't spoil the fun. Watercolor drawings fill the double pages with appealing scenes of pleasant, rustic living. 2002, Bloomsbury Children's Books,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-An amusing read-aloud. In his comfy log house, Grandfather Bear settles down to drink his tea, satisfied that his two good little grandchildren have gone to sleep. While he talks to his cat about how beautifully they behave and says they are "no trouble at all," the two mischievous cubs are wreaking havoc upstairs. Grandfather's affectionate musings are accompanied by cozy watercolors on double-page spreads, showing not only the nearsighted bear going about his evening routine, but also the younger ones cavorting around inside and outside, and the feline participating in both scenarios. The book radiates good-natured love and kindness, spiced with gentle humor.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers will chuckle at the discrepancy between the text-in which Grandfather Bear describes how well-behaved his visiting grandbears are-and the illustrations, which clearly depict the little darlings getting into all sorts of mischief behind his back. This clever juxtaposition allows children to absorb the story on two levels, without requiring the text to spell out the contrast. While Grandfather muses to himself how little trouble his houseguests are, goes upstairs to make sure they're not afraid of noises in his creaky house (noises the little bears have made themselves, of course), and chides himself for leaving his door ajar, the grandbears are busy jumping on his bed, fixing a midnight snack, and sneaking outdoors before finally climbing back up to bed. Warm pastel illustrations portray a jolly Grandfather Bear with reading glasses perched on the end of his nose and slippers on his feet and two young, plump, adorable bears, whose innocent facial expressions belie their harmlessly naughty nature. Grandpa's cozy log cabin is reminiscent of a treehouse, with stumps for tables and tree trunks with leaves growing out of them for posts. A testament to unconditional grandparent love, inventively presented. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582348940
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/03/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 11.66(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sally Grindley is the author of numerous books for children. In England, she is the recipient of the Federation of Children's Books Group Prize for SSSSH! In addition to spending time writing, she also enjoys playing tennis, painting with watercolor, and studying wildlife. She lives in England.

Eleanor Taylor divides her time between illustrating children's books and painting scenes on the walls of people's homes. This is her first picture book to be published in the U.S. She lives in London, England.

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No Trouble at All 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very clever little story, which I am sure a lot of your readers will be able to relate to.