The Bear Upstairs

The Bear Upstairs

by Shirley Mozelle, Doug Cushman
     
 

The ups and downs of living in an apartment building

The upstairs bear moves in with a BIG BANG. KLUNK! KLUNK! BUMPETY-BUMP! BUMP-BUMP-BUMP!

“I can’t write like this,” says the downstairs bear. After several noisy days, she can’t stand it any longer. She climbs the stairs, determined to give her new neighbor a piece of her

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Overview

The ups and downs of living in an apartment building

The upstairs bear moves in with a BIG BANG. KLUNK! KLUNK! BUMPETY-BUMP! BUMP-BUMP-BUMP!

“I can’t write like this,” says the downstairs bear. After several noisy days, she can’t stand it any longer. She climbs the stairs, determined to give her new neighbor a piece of her mind. Instead, she finds a sizzling surprise.

The humorous text and whimsical illustrations, filled with fun details, will have young readers in stitches as they follow the characters from page to page.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a very noisy bear moves into the apartment upstairs, the ursine writer who lives downstairs wonders if she'll ever be able to work again-or sleep again, for that matter. "At ten o'clock the upstairs bear takes a shower," writes Mozelle (the Zack's Alligator series) "Me! Me! Me!/ I'm a clean, clean bear!/ I even wash my underwear!" There is no end to the upstairs bear's ability to raise a ruckus, and Cushman (Birthday Mice!) splits his sprightly detailed watercolor spreads lengthwise so readers can savor both the noisemaking and its impact below. When the writer bear finally has a face-to-face meeting with her new neighbor, however, she's in for several surprises: noise travels both ways ("I heard you typing this morning," he tells her cheerfully), he's a fan of her writing ("I love your recipe for Anytime Omelet," he says, whipping up one for them to share) and, best of all, he starts a new job as a chef on Monday (which means fewer opportunities to make a racket). Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? It's a familiar tale, but the message is upbeat, and Cushman's expressive, huggable creatures exude an instantly recognizable humanity. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Living in an apartment has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the main advantages includes no yard work, and one of the primary disadvantages includes having no ability to choose one's neighbors. When the bear upstairs moves in, the bear downstairs is thrown for a loop. Her usual routine of drinking tea, eating toast and writing is punctuated by crashes and thumps, klinks and klanks, and bim-bam-booms. After putting up with just about as much as she can, the downstairs bear decides to confront the upstairs bear. She does, but lo and behold, Mr. Upstairs is a friendly sort, who reads the cookbooks she has written, is starting a job on Monday (and will, thus, be out of his apartment all day long) and whips her up an omelet. Patience, tolerance and respect for others are all values that come through in this cute story. The illustrations are fun and funny, most of them with the top half of the page devoted to the upstairs and its activities and the bottom half of the page to the lady bear downstairs. The author penned the very popular "Zack's Alligator" series, among other books and loves animals. Recommended. 2005, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-With "klunks" and "bumpety-bumps," a bear moves into his new apartment. The bear downstairs, who is trying to write and likes peace and quiet, finds him a bit too noisy. As the newcomer continues to unpack his boxes-"-pots, skillets, juicer, colander, omelet maker. Klink-tink! Tinkety-klink!"-the downstairs resident loses her patience. She goes to talk to her new neighbor and discovers that he is an avid fan of her cookbook. He explains that he is a chef and makes an omelet using one of her recipes, and they both enjoy a breakfast together. Many of the lighthearted pen-and-ink watercolor illustrations show the two floors of the cozy house so that readers can see what is happening to both tenants at the same time. The bears' distinct and opposite personalities are made evident by their bodily postures and facial expressions, and in the fun details in their decorating styles. The subtle message of acceptance and tolerance is conveyed with humor and wit and will surely strike a chord with many readers.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Like the members of your family, you don't get to choose the upstairs neighbor in your apartment house. Mozelle's downstairs bear gets an especially cacophonous upstairs bear for a neighbor. She (downstairs) is the retiring type, a writer who needs peace and quiet; he (upstairs) is a symphony-a deeply atonal symphony-of crashes, booms and bad singing in the shower. He is also just moving in, so his galumphing is especially full of galumph. But despite the looks of exasperation she shoots at the ceiling when he commits another bit of racket, Cushman draws the upstairs bear as a jolly old soul, suffused with a warmth equal to his aural mayhem. Doing the right thing-that is, not poking the ceiling with a broom handle-she heads up to meet him. Common decency finds common ground, and when the two start to tango, there's no one downstairs to hear it. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805068207
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Shirley Mozelle is the author of the highly successful Zack’s Alligator beginning reader series. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Doug Cushman is the author and illustrator of the Aunt Eater mystery series and the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller What Dads Can’t Do. He splits his time between northern California and Paris.

Visit Doug Cushman at his web site: www.doug-cushman.com

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