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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Ragged Bear (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929927347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929927340
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,170,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stickland (The Christmas Bear) gives new meaning to the phrase "bear witness" in this rhyming story, in which a boy becomes convinced that his house is hosting an ever-growing gathering of ursine guests. "I lay in bed with all my toys," the boy narrates, as Stickland shows him in his bedroom surrounded by a predominately stuffed bear menagerie, "I thought I heard a furry noise." He finds friendly-looking bears of all sizes and colors rapidly taking over the downstairs, snacking on cupcakes and boogying to a jazz combo. They cheerfully make the boy part of the proceedings, but he soon realizes that every house has its occupancy limit, and rouses his father to disperse the crowd. In a nice touch, Stickland shows the sleepy father, who, rather than admonishing the boy that it's just a dream, stands at the top of the stairs and issues a loud and effective "Shoo!" Every full-bleed spread, bathed in an ethereal glow, conveys both the lateness of the hour and the giddily imaginary nature of the goings-on. Although the bears are unremarkable, their sheer volume makes up for what they lack in individual personalities. And the "Here we go again" punchline that wraps up the book should elicit giggles. Ages 2-6.

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From School Library Journal

Preschool-Grade 1--A boy in bed, surrounded by his stuffed animals, hears a "furry noise" coming from outside his room. He goes to investigate and finds the whole house full of bears of all sizes having a party. He joins in the fun until he decides that maybe there are too many of them. He wakes his dad, who says "SHOO" and tucks his son back in bed. Just as the boy is about to drift off to sleep he hears the sound of sheep. Juvenile insomniacs may be comforted by this kindred spirit's efforts to fill his wakeful hours. Stickland's bears (and sheep) are totally comforting; however, his protagonist looks a bit mature to be surrounded by stuffed animals. The glowing watercolor artwork radiates warmth and comfort. The rhyming text is occasionally strained, e.g., "gone" and "one," or "door" and "saw." Still, the inviting full-page illustrations and tidy text boxes make this a pleasant choice for naptime, bedtime, or storyhours.

Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA

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More About the Author

Paul Stickland is the author, illustrator and pop up engineer of many, many internationally bestselling children's picture and pop up books, including Dinosaur Roar!, The Christmas Bear, Santa's Workshop, Big Dig, One Bear One Dog, Truck Jam, A Number of Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Galore, Monkey Business, Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, Bears! and many, many more...
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I am live in the ancient town of Sherborne, Dorset, in England, with my Bookseller and Songwriter wife Helen..
I have six children, Rowan, Felix, Gus, Kit, Arthur and Tabitha.
For the past few years, despite a rigorous publishing schedule, I have spent as much time as I can out on the road, giving inspirational talks and fun drawing and pop-up workshops to children (and their parents!) in schools, libraries and literary festivals, from Edinburgh, Cheltenham and Glastonbury.

I have worked in the UK, Italy and America, in a great diversity of settings, the more challenging the better!
The visits start with the simplest of readings, through explanations of the process of creating and producing a children's book, to drawing workshops and hands on pop-up workshops. I am happy to work with all sizes of groups. I have found working with children with special needs to be particularly rewarding.
I am a passionate advocate for the world of children's books and as the years pass, I have become more and more drawn to working with and empowering young children to expand their creativity through this magical world.

If you are interested in contacting me, please do so via my website or google plus

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I run a blog dedicated to pop up books and paper engineering, papercraft and paperfolding, called Pop Up Paper
All manner of pop up goodies and links!

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