Bears and Boos

Candlewick. (Bears on Chairs). Jul. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536208375.
PreS–The clan from Bears on Chairs is back, and they are plenty excited for Halloween. Choosing their costumes from a box becomes a mad grab for a gown, a hat, a wand. All the eagerness and crowding around the box causes Floppy to be knocked down and left with only a “crumpled-up sash.” The other bears react to her disappointment and share their finds. Resolution comes quickly. “Their costumes look great, and their smiles do, too! The bears shout together, ‘It’s Halloween! BOO!’” The four-line rhyming text scans well, perfect for chanting along. Acrylic art in a pastel palette depict friendly bears with soft, rounded bodies, and the full-page spreads are nicely mixed with single-page illustrations.
VERDICT In what’s sure to be an unusual Halloween season, the simple pleasures and clamor of dressing up will be appreciated by preschoolers.

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