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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (April 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247774
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—Liam is described as "just a boy (thump, thump), too small to fight off forest things." His papa is away and the youngster's imagination is in overdrive. His mama, who is "delicious to forest things," won't let him build a fort, baited with cake, in his bedroom. Worse, she opens the windows wide and falls "snore asleep." A forest grows all around him. Liam hears the snip-snap of twigs and then, "ROAWR!" Though his pulse is thump-thumping, he gathers his supplies—including the cake—and creeps into the wild. He builds a trap and catches a large, angry bear. Since Bear is too big and hungry to stay in a hole, Liam must feed him more before he decides to eat Mama. It's a mammoth undertaking but eventually the sated bear curls into a snoozy ball. And Liam, "a boy so brave and true," returns to his bed and falls fast asleep. This adrenaline-charged romp is, first and foremost, exciting. Jutte's lively cartoon artwork contrasts muted night colors to form powerful images: big sky, big forest, big shadows, big night, big bear, big roar, small boy. One might question whether this is bedtime reading material. And yet, from Liam's rapid-fire ideas and his determined expression and posture, children will have the sense that he is capable of handling the night's dangers. Pair this with Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) for a rousing evening adventure that hopefully leads to peaceful dreams.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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It’s bedtime for Liam, and his mother just wants peace and quiet—no more of this banging and shouting. For Liam, that’s a tough proposition: the darker it gets, the more certain he is that a giant bear is approaching. Sure enough, the bear appears, hungry enough to eat Mama, and it’s up to Liam to trap him. That he does—but now what? Liam sees no other option but to feed the bear. Bears eat a lot and soon the exertion has taken its toll on Liam, who ends up back in bed: “And I . . . ? A boy so brave and true—am tired, too.” Joosse’s text, which occasionally rhymes, is off-kilter enough to keep jaded listeners’ attention, though it sometimes seems loftier than necessary (“He rumbled in the hole, slashed moonlight bloody with his claws and bellowed”). Jutte’s watercolor transformation of wallpaper into forest and teddy bear into real bear is suitably subtle; the expanding/collapsing of real and imaginary spaces is equally apt. A good choice for your favorite rambunctious insomniac. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Barbara Joosse is the author of the ever-popular Mama, Do You Love Me?, along with many other books for young readers. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Hays on May 19, 2009
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I thought this book was "cute" the first time I read it to myself. I have discovered that not only is it better read aloud, but that it is also better with each subsequent reading. My 3-year-old chimes in with a lot of the words, and my 17-month-old (Liam) likes to ROAWR along, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reader on May 14, 2009
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this is the best book for boys since Where the Wild Things Are. it is so empowering for boys and allows them to feel and feed their crazy boy-energy but once the adventure is over, little Liam takes off his bear feet and goes to bed. i bought this for my girl friend's brother and it is his favorite, too. and he has a entire house filled with picture books.
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Barbara Joosse's ROAWR! tells of Liam, awakened in the night by monsters only to find his parents sound asleep. How can Liam fight them off? He must have big ideas--explored in drawings by Dutch artist Jan Jutte - in this fun exploration. An exceptional acquisition, highly recommended.
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Liam had tucked himself into the recliner when his Papa was gone and he was very uneasy when he heard "the forest crack and snap!" The only thing he could think of to do was to build himself a fort and put in some "provisions" like a piece of cake. He started to put the sticks over the arms of the recliner while his teddy looked on and he let out a big ROAWR to keep those forest things away. Well, for all his efforts his Mama scolded him. "Use your inside voice! No sticks in here! And no double-cake!" It was time to go to bed and he was so mad at his Mama that when she kissed him he "rubbed it off."

He heard that ROAWR outside and he rushed down the hall to save his Mama. Liam knew that forest things would just love to eat her up. He gathered up his "shovel, sticks and string and double-cake" and ran outside only to find a huge bear licking his chops. He was going to eat up Liam's Mama. "He was just a boy," but he knew what to do. He began to dig a hole with the shovel and when that was done he was going to "tie a string to a bell on [his] windowsill." "RING! ROAWR!" Was Liam going to be able to save his Mama from that nasty old bear who was determined to eat her up?

Little ones with big imaginations (and a bear that might want to eat their Mama) are going to love this book. It is lively, exciting and the vibrant illustrations show the reader the "seriousness" of Liam's situations. This would be a fun book to read during a story hour or at circle time. No doubt you'll have a lot of appreciative readers who will ROAWR their approval!
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