"Teachers and librarians searching for sophisticated read-alouds will find much to love in this bear-saturated offering, as will parents looking for a change of pace. As an author attempts to write a story, he is continually interrupted by children's demands for "MORE BEARS!!" Initially conservative in the number of bears added, he is soon swept up in the excitement of plugging in new kinds of bears on each page. However, when the abundance of bears overwhelms the book entirely, the author casts them out and tries to write a new story. That is, until the last page of the book: "MORE CHICKENS!!" Nesbitt expertly melds his wittily monikered bears (example: Admiral Haversham, the English dancing bear, and Excellent Steve, the bear who surfs) to silly humor kids will dig. It's difficult to resist the hordes of firefighting, space-exploring, juggling, flying, conniving bears that pack these pages. Cummings adds just the right feel to the illustrations, going from simple images to crazed two-page spreads. A welcome addition to preschool and early-elementary storytimes and a surefire hit." - Kirkus (Kirkus
Kids will be shouting along with every request for more bears--it's a story that's made for read-aloud, though it's all but guaranteed to be a rowdy one. (Publishers Weekly
"Bears in cowboy hats, bears in space! You'll be rolling when the grumpy narrator has his story overrun by these friendly beasts." - Parenting Magazine, School Years (Parenting Magazine
"Okay, it's only fair to warn you that, if you decide to buy More Bears, by Kenn Nesbitt and Troy Cummings, you'd better expect to set aside every other book that you normally read with your children at least for a month or two because the only book they'll be asking for, for quite some time after you first read it together, is...MORE BEARS!
Get this book, but I'd point out that it's best used as a read aloud with your child because of it's interactive nature. You'll both have hours and hours and hours of fun." - Books and Boys (Books For Boys
"When More Bears!
showed up in our mailbox, I was a titch reluctant to open it because of how highly I rate Kenn Nesbitt's poetry books. What if his first crack at a picture book didn't measure up? Yeah, that was a complete waste of a good worry. Kenn is brilliant about knowing what children will like and being able to insert just the right amount of wackiness. It follows that his picture book is hilarious." - For Immediate Release Reviews Kids (For Immediate Release Reviews Kids
"I love this book. No, you don't understand. I really love this book. This reminds me of the interactivity of that old Grover book, the on "There is a Monster at the End of this Book" or something like that. Each page brings interaction with your child and reader's audience. I love it! The poetry is so much fun and attractive to the ear... I definitely recommend this for a keeper shelf for every child." - Creative Madness (Margaret Chind Creative Madness
"The book screams "read aloud." It looks like it was written for storytime. If you have any shouters, they'll delight in yelling, "More bears!" on nearly every page." - The Infant Bibliophile (The Infant Bibliophile
"The first time we read More Bears it took awhile to figure out the theme for her. But once it clicked then it was a giggle with each turn of the page. Next time we read it she started looking for each bear mentioned. And the third time she then figured out if the bears shown were from different scenes previously in the book. I have to give Princess Emma an A+ in memory skills. Ken, we have to say, yes books need more bears even when the author may not know it." - Crazed Mind (Crazed Mind
"I really enjoy books that are interactive with the reader. More Bears!
is a fun example of that.
Cummings did a great job illustrating this entertaining story. Stylish colors and bears of all shapes and sizes add great dimension to the story.
I loved this book." - Homespun Light (Homespun Light
"The fun thing about this book is that kids interact with the author of the book to make sure that he includes lots of bears in the story! Kids will love to look at the pictures to see all of the fun bears in the book, such as "a bear named Elbow who wasn't very smart and always wore his underpants on the outside of his regular pants." (That line definitely got a big guffaw from my boys!)...More Bears!
is an incredibly fun, interactive book that's perfect for reading aloud, especially to more than one child so they can all yell "More bears!" together!" - Susan Heim, parenting author and Chicken Soup for the Soul editor (Susan Heim Susan Heim on Parenting
"So, the Mom Buzz is actually quite picky about children's books. Partially because I've been buying them before I even had kids. Partially because I am an elementary ed major. So I pass on a lot of kid book reviews because they just don't "strike" me as buzzworthy.
But then I saw the press about this new book, More Bears!
I read the synopsis cute. I checked out the illustrations. Cute. I read a snippet of the story. Cute. I asked for a copy to read. It was GENIUS. Love it.
The story is about an author who is writing a wonderful story with absolutely NO BEARS in it. But then he hears the voices of children clamoring for MORE BEARS. He gives in, adding a bear. But no, it isn't enough, the children want MORE BEARS. So he adds more and more and more until the pages are overstuffed with bears that surf, juggle, ride tricycles and more. The crowded bears aren't happy about being shoved on top of each other and the author isn't too happy with the attitudes of the bears, so he decided he was right the first time the story would have NO BEARS. But what do you think the children said to THAT? Well, I hate telling a perfectly funny ending, so you have to read it for yourself but you won't be disappointed." - TheMomBuzz.com (The Mom Buzz