Nothing Can Frighten a Bear – Elizabeth Dale, illustrated by Paula Metcalf


        Nothing Can Frighten a Bear – Elizabeth Dale, illustrated by Paula Metcalf, Nosy Crow, (9780763696276), 2018

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A family of bears sets out in the night to prove to Baby Bear that there are no monsters.  In soothing rhyming text, the family is led by Daddy Bear who repeats the refrain: “…nothing can frighten a bear.”  The family encounter a deer, a frog and a crow, but no monsters. But as Daddy continues on his way with Baby Bear in his arms, Mommy, Ben and Grace get stuck behind.  When Daddy realizes they are missing he turns around and finds himself frightened by three scary shapes. Daddy is scared, but Baby Bear giggles “That’s mom.” The bears return home to bed reassured that there are no monsters.  Then Baby Bear awakens again to a roar and realizes that it is his own snore that woke him. Readers will love the rhythm of the text and chime in with the rhyming words. The mixed media illustrations in evening hues of muted greens and blues add to the nighttime atmosphere and make this a perfect bedtime story choice.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is  a reassuring bedtime story for little ones who fear monsters.  

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:  3/7/18       

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