Sleepyhead Bear

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It is a hot summer day, and
Bear's eyes are droopy.
pesky bugs are buzzing
here and there and everywhere.
What is a sleepy little bear to do?
He could try a growl.,br> GRRRRRR!
He could try a roar.
He could try swimming
and climbing and hiding
and running…
oh, dear!

It's a hot summer day, and
now Bear really needs a rest.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
It is a hot summer day, and Bear is feeling drowsy. So the little guy tries to crawl into his den and catch a few winks. But just as he is ready to drop off, pesky bugs bother him, right in his lair! Then they keep bugging him here, there and everywhere. Kids and adults will enjoy this charming hardcover picture book that details, in rhyme, our fuzzy hero's quest for an afternoon nap. The bouncy rhymes keep a lively read-aloud rhythm, and employ just the right amount of alliteration. The illustrations are summer-sunny, depicting the funny story's action with great expression—especially the expressions on Sleepyhead Bear's face! There are plenty of other fuzzy woodland creatures sprinkled throughout the book's pages, plus all kinds of busy, buzzing bugs. Lots for the younger readers to look for as they listen to the words. My only disappointment was in the typestyle chosen for the book. While large and easy-to-read, it seemed a bit formal and old-fashioned next to the happy-go-lucky depiction of the story's humorous action. Overall, this is a good choice for reading aloud to the preschool crowd at home or in school.
School Library Journal
PreS-A little cub is exhausted but can't get to sleep due to all of the buzzing, stinging, and whirring bugs. He tries to escape, first in the water, later by hiding in a log. Then the log rolls away with him stuck inside and he lands, with bumps all over, in a meadow. Here he finds just flowers and butterflies that "flutter and dip,/flutter and stir," tickling him until he's no longer angry and sore. Finally, he is an "at-last-asleep/Bear." The story is slight and the impact of Bear's plight is limited. It doesn't make sense that a meadow full of flowers would be a safe haven-what about bumblebees? The rhyming text is at times light, energetic, and fun but also lapses into clunkiness. Schoenherr's acrylic-and-ink artwork makes use of a fine line for texture and creates lively backdrops and expansive action sequences. However, the characters are not very endearing with their elongated limbs and ears, pointy snouts, and big eyes.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bear is kept from his summertime snooze by buzzing, stinging and whirring bugs. Growling, swimming, swatting and climbing fail as escape attempts. In desperation, he climbs inside a too-small hollow log that then rolls down a hill, tossing poor bear into a meadow. By now, he is too tired and sore to even attempt to elude the bugs. But maybe he doesn't have to. Summer is filled with non-annoying insects, too - bugs that flutter and tickle bear's bad mood away. As the stars and fireflies come out, snoring can be heard coming from bear's direction. Peters's attempt to stick to the rhyme scheme often sacrifices the rhythm of the verses-those who share this aloud may stumble. Spot-on facial expressions make Schoenherr's illustrations shine. His renderings of the insects are remarkably lifelike, while bear and the raccoons are stuffed animals come alive. This dichotomy enhances the bear-against-the-bugs aspect of the story. A sweet summertime bedtime tale sure to garner an empathetic smile from anyone who has ever suffered mosquito-buzzing-in-the-ear insomnia. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060596750
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Westberg Peters is the author of Sleepyhead Bear; Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck; Earthshake: Poems from the Ground Up; and several other books for children. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ian Schoenherr grew up near Locktown, New Jersey. He has written and illustrated three books—Read It, Don't Eat It!; Cat & Mouse; and Pip & Squeak—and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including Little Raccoon's Big Question, by Miriam Schlein. The artist lives in Woodside, New York.

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