Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown), illustrated by Sav Akyuz

Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown), illustrated by Sav Akyuz. 616N3FcameL__AC_US218_Candlewick, 9780763698317, 2018.

 Format: Hardcover

Rating 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a starred review) 4

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? While reading this story, I kept thinking about how this would be the perfect book for a library story time — encouraging participation and movement. This is a story about a dancing bear who loves all kinds of dancing. He spins on his back, runs in place, does the robot and the limbo, grabs a partner and does the fox trot and tango, and even attempts belly dancing. This book is written by rapper Ben Bailey (aka Doc Brown) so you can really hear the rhythm in each page. The illustrations by Sav Akyuz really show the jiving attitude of the dancing bear.

I personally gravitate toward books that are interactive and really get kids participating in the story — whether being read to during story hour or with a caregiver at home. This book has plenty of opportunities for the reader to get involved in the story.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? Children between the ages of 1-5 would enjoy this book. Young children might not completely understand everything but they would get a kick out of the illustrations and the rhyming text, not to mention following along with some of the activities.

Who should buy it? Preschool, nursery schools, daycare, public libraries, any group that works with children under the age of five.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” pile? Yes

Reviewer: Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA

Date of Review: December 5, 2018

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