Nothing Can Frighten a Bear

illus. by Paula Metcalf. 32p. Nosy Crow. Jan. 2018. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763696276. POP
PreS-Gr 2—A loving family of bears starts out on a midnight quest to prove to baby bear that there are no scary monsters in the woods. Along the way, a series of mishaps causes the family members to disappear one by one, leaving only baby bear and brave daddy bear, who is just a tiny bit rattled. It is baby bear who discovers, at last, that there was nothing to be afraid of all along. This is a fun and exciting picture book that will cause anyone afraid of monsters in the night to giggle. The rhyming text is perfect for allowing listeners to make predictions and supply the rhyme. In conjunction with the predictable rhyming phrases, the full-page illustrations move the story forward and aid in identifying context clues. Created in mixed media, the muted tones of blue and green set the ideal scene for a late-night walk in the woods. The animal characters are adorably humorous and keep the story light, especially for young readers who may share the same fears. Not only is this simply a fun picture book to add to a collection, it can be used to comfort and reassure those wary of the dark of night.
VERDICT This is one selection that kids will reach for over and over again. A must purchase.

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