Where Is Bear? – Jonathan Bentley


   Where Is Bear? – Jonathan Bentley, Doubleday Books For Young Readers, (9780399555930), 2017

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? A little boy asks the reader for help finding Bear.  “Where is Bear? Where could Bear be? Is Bear in the drawer?”  The illustrations rendered in pencil and watercolors depict glimpses of a very large brown bear on each page or double page spread.  But, as the cover hints, there is a surprise ending.  The boy finally finds a little stuffed bear and hands it to the very large bear. “I found him, Bear! Here is your bear.”  The final double page spread show the boy in his bed with the big bear and its toy bear.  Children will enjoy the humor.  A good choice for a bedtime story, especially for children who need their own lovies to fall asleep.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Share this with children who sleep with a lovey.  It would pair well with Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 7/30/17             

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