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A Bedtime for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2010
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.

Recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
Third St Books, downtown Marysville WA

A BEDTIME FOR BEAR
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2011
I really like this book. The artwork -- watercolor, mostly, is really quite fun to look at. The story is simple enough for my six year old, but the tension between the mouse and bear keeps things interesting. The bear is scared of going to bed, but he does not want to admit that fact. That's a feeling many young kids who might read this book might explicitly state, but the fact that no one says that out loud in the story, I think, allows children listening to the story to be more engaged. There are many many books about going to bed. And many more published each year -- The Quiet Book is another good one, although a bit simple for kids over 5. This book takes that theme of going to bed and makes it interesting and that fact means you can read this book a number of times without getting bored. Nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2010
Perfect book for a toddler. My 2 1/2 grand daughter often picks this book to be read before naps and bed. There is a wonderful relationship between big, sometimes blustery, bear and very smart, kind mouse. Mouse understands all of bear's insecurities and finds wonderful, gentle ways to help bear. Fabulous drawings along with the charming story make this a book for my grand daughter to grow with as she more understands all that mouse is able to do to quietly help his friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2011
This book is just beautiful! The illustrations are what first grabbed my attention; the watercolors are soothing and smooth with just enough color to make them POP! The story line is fun; a grouchy bear with his bedtime routine that gets disturbed when mouse comes to spend the night. In the end, they end up better friends after their experiences. A great bedtime book for kids of any age. We have enjoyed all of Bonny Becker's Bear and Mouse books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2011
This is such a sweet book. We borrowed it from the library, and don't want to return it. Looks like we'll have to get a copy of our own.

Bear needs it quiet to sleep, only Mouse keeps pestering him. Once Mouse falls asleep, Bear hears noises and has to wake Mouse to investigate. Once everything settles again, they can both sleep.

A tale we can all relate to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
This is a very fun and even funny story about a grumpy bear and his happy little mouse friend. We have "No Visitors for Bear", also great, and this book is as good or better. It's an especially nice bedtime story because of the bedtime theme. Highly recommended for children age 2 to 5.
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