Let's Scare Bear

Let's Scare Bear

by Yuko Katakawa


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"Let's scare bear!" says the tiny mouse. But the pint-size bully's plan backfires in this riff on a Japanese folktale.

An ALA Notable Children's Book

Mouse, Fox, Spider, and Snake all want to scare Bear. But Bear is the bravest animal in the forest—nothing scares Bear.

Except, maybe, one thing.

Bear says that he's scared of manju cakes. Armed with that knowledge, the animals hatch a plan to scare Bear with manju cakes. . . . lots and lots of them. . . . only to learn that the only scary thing is how much Bear loves to eat them!

Yuko Katakawa's bright art is full of detail and humor, from Snake's bow and glasses to Spider's web-spun comments on their ill-fated tricks. Based on "Scary Manju," a tale in the Japanese oral tradition known as rakugo, Let's Scare Bear is a trickster tale that reminds us that bullies come in all shapes and sizes—and that when we share instead, everyone wins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823439539
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 1,128,249
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Yuko Katakawa is a Japanese-born illustrator who studied art at an early age then later focused on Japanese Classic Literature in college. After she moved to the U.S., her love for art and words led her to picture book illustration. Yuko likes to create her artwork rapidly and instinctively using digital tools. Yuko lives in New York City. Let's Scare Bear is her debut picture book.

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