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
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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The illustrations are charming. I don't "get" the story at all. I guess it provides a platform to discuss night fears and maybe differences introverts and extroverts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janet McFarland
This is an amusing book. Bear needs absolute quiet, but mouse unexpectedly shows up to spend the night. Will mouse be quiet as a mouse? Bear hears some strange noises. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. M. Keefer
I love the Bear and Mouse books and so does my 3 year old granddaughter!
I bought one and then ended up buying them all....I wish they were all available in paperback.
The book cover is cute but I was disappointed when I read it. It was boringPublished 11 months ago by Eldon