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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2010: When Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear isn't sure he will like having his bedtime routine disturbed by an overnight guest. How will he ever sleep without absolute quiet? A Bedtime for Bear brings Bear and Mouse (A Visitor for Bear) together again, and first time readers of Bonny Becker's delightful duo are in for a treat. Bear reminds Mouse of his need for quiet, but carefree Mouse continues to disturb him with teeth brushing, humming, and resounding good nights. When Bear hears a noise in the night, he's awfully glad his friend Mouse is there to look under Bear's bed, behind the curtains, and in the closet. A heartwarming story of friendship and new experiences, A Bedtime for Bear is sure to become a bedtime favorite.--Seira Wilson

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PreS-Gr 1–Bear and Mouse are back and charming as ever. Bear needs everything just so and perfectly quiet at night, so when his friend shows up for a sleepover, he is wary. All goes well until Mouse's noises disturb him. Then Mouse falls asleep, and Bear hears something. Awakened by his worried friend, Mouse goes along with his host's premise that it was he who was frightened and checks under the bed, etc., finally settling in for a bedtime story. Ultimately both fall asleep together. In a perfect marriage of illustrations and text, Becker and Denton portray Bear as skeptical, then irritated, and, finally, nervous. Unflappable Mouse, with his satisfied smile, is a perfect foil. With lines like, “‘I am here to spend the night!' exclaimed Mouse with a happy wiggle of his whiskers,” and “‘You'll want a bedtime story, I expect,' said Bear. ‘For your nerves,'” Becker's clever text imbues the characters with personality and the story with humor. Denton's watercolor, ink, and gouache artwork brings them to life. With just a few lines, illustrations take Bear from annoyed to frightened and Mouse from sleepy to awake. In a combination of full-bleed spreads, full pages, and spot art, they draw readers through the story. For children who are frightened at night, trying to navigate the world of friendships, or facing new experiences, Bear and Mouse are the perfect companions.Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Bear and Mouse (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763641014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763641016
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary Kate on September 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I read A Bedtime for Bear to a couple of my grandchildren this weekend and it was a big hit - scoring two re-reads! (I rate this as "Very Good". If they pull it out again the next morning and ask for another read, it gets an "Excellent" rating.) :)

Bonny Becker's tale of dealing with a new experience (a friend sleeping over), as well as those ever-worrisome bumps-in-the-night, is one that many kids will relate to. They'll also enjoy Bear and Mouse, who are great characters with distinct personalities and more dimension than many storybook characters possess. This was the fist book by Becker that I've read and I found the characters' dialogue to be simply charming, with a somewhat formal, old fashioned edge, vaguely reminiscent of Pooh. I will definitely be looking into her other stories, including the previous Bear and Mouse books, A Visitor for Bear and A Birthday for Bear.

Kady MacDonald Denton's lovely artwork perfectly complements the comfortable and reassuring story. The soft colors help set a quiet tone, well-suited to bedtime reading.

A Bedtime for Bear is one of those wonderful little books that both children and adults can enjoy and I'm happy to add it to my growing collection.

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Here is the review in 3 words: Buy this book!

Why? In 1 word: Joy.

Here's the review in greater depth: Bonny Becker and illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton have created two of the greatest new characters in children's literature: the hulking loner known as Bear and the impish sprite of friendship known as Mouse. Mouse may be tiny, but friendship, and connection with the joy of community, is not a small thing at all. It's a wonderful gift and really the only hope this troubled old world has, if we want to have much of a future on this planet. So, I immediately began celebrating and recommending Bear and Mouse books when the first one debuted in 2008: A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse).

What I love about Bear and Mouse books is that they are blissfully simple storytelling. Even the illustrations aren't over-produced, high-tech digital renderings. They're loose sketches splashed artfully with watercolor. And to call these stories "minimalist" would be saying to much. These tales are verbal and visual gems that unfold in moments with a child you love. Sneeze--and you've missed the story.

The bottom line in all three books is: Boy oh boy do most of us hate change in our lives! But, if a friend joyfully and persistently helps us to adapt, then we can move mountains. Or, in the case of "A Sleepover for Bear," we can finally get a Mountain to sleep!
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Third St Books, downtown Marysville WA

Written by Bonny Becker
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

"I liked the mouse. He came to visit Bear. Bear didn't want anyone at his house. Bear played nicely with Mouse. At bedtime Bear got scared and Mouse made Bear feel safe."

Reviewer: Abbygail, age 4
Helper: Isabel, age 3

This is the first book we've read in the Mouse and Bear series. From Bonny Becker's talk at the PNBA Book Convention it is obvious that the author intends to add more books about the "do-it-my-way" bear and "adaptable" mouse. Which would be a great idea.

The story is simple and reassuring. The illustrations are muted blues and earthtone watercolors with lots of details and all the illustrations are extremely enjoyable to look at. We read the book sitting on the couch at the bookstore on a dark wet morning and I am thinking this is more of a evening time read even though there is a scary element.

Isabel, age 3, is having problems with scary stuff (Halloween was last week) and I'm not to sure she enjoyed it as much as Abbygail. Abbygail assured me that she is mouse and that Isabel is bear and after reading the story I have to laughingly agree. Abbygail did call bear "grumpy".

After finishing their reviews, Abbygail took the book back to the couch and began to retell the story... after all she is the mouse.

Grammy gives the book 5 stars and the girls have vanished to have a tea party.
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My 5 & 6 year old boys love this whole series. The younger one always says the "small & grey and bright eyed" part. The bear and the mouse have such a great relationship. May all the grumpy bears in our lives have a fun little mouse who loves them so much that they help them live lighter, happier lives.
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While Bear has a sweet moment here and there, for the most part he is a total curmudgeon. Not surprisingly, he has never had an overnight guest before. By now, we know Bear is quite set in his ways, and this extends to his night time routine. Of course, he likes things just so: a perfectly fluffed pillow, his nightcap clapped on snugly, a glass of water on the nightstand, and most importantly - absolute silence. Cue Mouse for sleepover.

Bear lays out his rules for his guest, just so there will be no misunderstandings. And then ... Mouse brushes his teeth extremely loudly, hums when he puts on his nightshirt and proceeds to give his friend a most annoying hearing test. Bear finally lets loose with a bout of very loud shouting and Mouse quiets down in his makeshift, albeit very cozy looking, drawer.

Mouse is fast asleep when Bear wakes him in a panic, claiming to have heard some strange noises. And then Bear, who was so exasperated with his overnight guest, is suddenly quite glad to have a friend staying over. Mouse checks the closet for prowlers and tells Bear a nice bedtime story to calm his nerves. And the two friends fall fast asleep - on their very first sleepover.

Bear and Mouse are the perfect pair of opposites and their friendship just somehow works. Denton has a way of making them both look perfectly lovable, even when one is being gruff and the other is being annoying. I would love to hear a fourth book will be coming along the trail ...
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