Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Year of the Picture Book: The Sniffles for Bear by Bonny Becker

The Sniffles for Bear
written by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Candlewick Press, 2011
ISBN:  978-0-7636-4756-8
Grades K-3
Reviewed from school library copy.

BLURB: The relentlessly cheery Mouse pushes a cold-suffering Bear to new heights of melodrama in a hilarious new adventure starring the unlikely pair. Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is. So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear "as good as new" by reading a sunny story, singing a rousing chorus and plinking a twangy tune on her banjo, the pitifully coughing Bear - growing weaker by the minute - is convinced that his tiny friend does not appreciate the gravity of the situation. Can there be any saving Bear from his certain demise? Welcome the world's most lovable curmudgeon and his endearing, unstoppable sidekick in a wry new comedy sure to have even red-eyed, sniffly-nosed readers rolling with laughter.

A fun addition to the Bear and Mouse series perfect for sharing.  The text works well as a read-a-loud providing for lots of expression on the part of the reader.  In fact the more expression used the funner the read-a-loud experience will be.  Both characters are delightful in their own way, grumpy Bear and cheerful Mouse. A delightful homage to the value of friendship even when things get hard. The illustrations add the perfect touch of humor through body language and facial expressions. Highly recommended for both group and individual sharing.  The other books in this series are delightful as well.


Additional books in the series:
A Visitor for Bear
A Birthday for Bear
A Bedtime for Bear



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