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Goodnight Already!

1 Jan

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Goodnight Already! written by Jory John and illustrated by Benji Davies (2014)

Bear is ready for bed. Duck is not. Just as Bear closes his eyes, his neighbor, Duck knocks on the door. Duck has all kinds of ideas… play cards, watch a movie, make smoothies. No. No. No. Bear shows him to the door and goes back to bed.  Through the bedroom window, Duck shows up wanting to borrow ingredients to make cookies… sugar, butter, eggs. No. No. No. Finally, Bear gets to sleep when who should show up, right on top of his chest? Duck! He used his emergency spare key. A stubbed beak is not an emergency! Duck goes home complaining about Bear’s grouchy attitude. He picks up a book and… zzzzz. Duck falls asleep in his reading chair while Bear is wide awake making cookies!

Jory John tells a familiar tale in just about any toddler household, with outrageous requests and outcomes. The humorous plot and twist will have little ones roaring with laughter.

Benji Davies accentuates the differences of these two personalities expertly. Poor bear looks like he desperately needs to sleep (i.e. hibernate) for a good long time, while the lively Duck badgers him mercilessly to stay awake. The facial expressions, body language, and attention to detail are masterfully illustrated in bold shapes and bright colors.

Love this book! I believe it will become a bedtime classic. See for yourself.

Bear Hug

11 Dec

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Bear Hug written and illustrated by Katharine McEwen (2014)

Bear senses that winter is coming soon. So he gathers leaves and bracken just as his papa showed him and he catches silvery fish just as his mama showed him. Then one day he sees another young bear. Together they eat fish and berries and go to the den he has prepared and go to sleep. In the spring, they wake up and leave the den. Following them is a brand-new bear cub. They teach him how to fish and find berries and sweet honey. The bear cub grows and when winter comes again, they all return to the den and sleep in a big bear hug.

Katharine McEwen tells a story with vibrate language and pictures. It’s a quiet, lovely story that children of all ages will enjoy.

I love this new book! It’s a perfect bedtime story or anytime story. It’s definitely  one I want to read again and again!

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