We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: My First ABC / We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: My First 123 by Walker Productions Ltd

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: My First ABC (9781536214659) / We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: My First 123 (9781536214666) by Walker Productions Ltd. Candlewick Entertainment, 2020.

Format: Board Book

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

Genre:  Concept

What did you like about the book? The classic picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is evoked in this pair of concept board books. Using art from the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, along with lovely wildlife illustrations from Mat Williams, the books provide items, mostly from nature, that a young child can easily identify. Each letter or number has an indented “finger trail” which a child can follow to understand how it is written. Fans of Oxenbery’s art will recognize the family, dog and other images from Bear Hunt. ABC shows the first letter of each item, including the onomatopoeia “zZZ” for snoring for the letter Z. 123 has simple rhyming text. Both books end with a bear. Kids will love these.

Anything you didn’t like about it? ABC uses lower case letters, which are more difficult for kids to recognize. It also has a paper crown for the letter q, queen. 123 uses the word “floor” to complete a rhyme, and shows the dog sniffing the ground, not the floor. Am I too literal here?

To whom would you recommend this book? For babies and small children, especially those who like interactive bookos.

Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Board books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: August 29, 2020

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