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Stop Snoring, Bernard! Paperback – February 14, 2012
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“The endearing tale--told in simple images whose heavy black outlines and graphic shadows are sometimes reminiscent of century-old Arts and Crafts woodcuts--follows Bernard's travails with humor but also a good dose of empathy.” ―Time Out New York Kids
“Jaunty compositions, with animal characters busting out of the frames, makes for audacious humor, and hand-painted lettering signifying Bernard's snoring and the animals' admonitions adds visual zing. Young children will fall for Bernard's over-the-top noisemaking and relish joining in with the quickly familiar phrase, ‘Stop snoring, Bernard!'” ―Booklist
“Gentle text and a low-key story line allow debut talent OHora to put lots of energy into his spreads. . . . A promising debut.” ―Publishers Weekly
“An artist to watch.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Here's a debut that's sure to make a splash. . . . This is a crowd-pleaser sure to send youngsters clamoring for more from snoring Bernard.” ―Shelf Awareness
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Top Customer Reviews
The old man is snoring."
-- Traditional nursery rhyme
I snore. I always have, and I figure I always will. I've snored as a kid, as a teen, and as an adult. When I was but knee-high to a grasshopper, I'd often wake up in the morning all alone. All of my stuffed animals would have finally given up in the middle of the night and headed next-door to my sister's room in order to get some peace and quiet.
I come from a line of snoring guys -- my paternal line. When I was young, visiting my grandparents over vacations, my grandfather and I would perform nighttime duets that might easily be mistaken for the soundtrack to Jurassic Park.
Which is why I am so empathetic to the plight of Bernard, the otter.
"Bernard loved living at the zoo. He loved mealtime, playtime, and best of all...
"But there was one little problem. Bernard snored...LOUDLY!
One afternoon at naptime, Grumpy Giles had had enough. 'Snore somewhere else, Bernard!' he said."
And so Bernard heads off in search of alternative sleeping arrangements. But he disturbs the alligators in the lake; he disturbs the giraffes by the fountain; he disturbs the elephants near the puddle; and he would have disturbed the bats in the cave (where there is a subterranean pool) except that they don't sleep at night.
What's a poor little otter to do? Fortunately, Bernard's otter friends miss him and come to bring him home.
Zachariah O'Hora's acrylic illustrations are exceptionally expressive and fun. I couldn't help but smile when the mama elephant dumps a trunkful of water on the hapless otter.
Hopefully, that won't happen to me.
Kids will love the simple, bold line illustrations. The animals are expressive and it's easy to see their frustration with Bernard, and also Bernard's loneliness. Give this one a try, just be sure to practice your snoring in advance. It's sure to garner any story reader lots of laughs and get any squirmy little one thinking of his pillow. I loved the picture of all the little otters lying about like logs. Sure to charm, and recommended for ages 2-5.
the story has a endearing end and the images have a perfect balance of line weights and slightly subdued colors
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cute book. The moral is acceptance...i think..that or snoring is natural.Published 6 months ago by ICU812MI
My son really loves this story. It is a must read before bed. It is just a cute little story.Published 8 months ago by Nicholas J. Firis
Poor Bernard, his snoring problem has ostracized him from his fellow otters and he cannot find any place to sleep where he is not bothering someone. What’s he to do? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shelli
I have bought multiple copies of this book for gifts because my children and I love this story so much.Published 20 months ago by N. Snyder
We heard this book at a local reading event and my son loved it! Since buying it, we read it AT LEAST once a day and he loves to play the other characters by yelling, "Stop... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kellie
This is a super cute book. The animations are cute, the characters are adorable, and the story is a nice happy little story. We enjoy reading this one over and over.Published on October 23, 2013 by mark twain