Cover image for Bears!
Stickland, Paul.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Ragged Bears, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Some partying bears come to a little boy's house one night and keep him from sleeping.
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Collins Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lake Shore Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Williamsville Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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To his amazement, the young narrator finds his house filled with bears. Hundreds and hundreds of bears--amiable, friendly, and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Soon, there are just too many bears, and the young narrator calls on Dad and Mom to intervene. It is a successful intervention--or is it? Paul Stickland s paintings of hundreds of bears are rendered so meticulously that each bear takes on a quirky personality of its own. A sly commentary on the power of the imagination, this simple rhymed story is guaranteed to make bedtime a favorite time.

Author Notes

Paul Stickland was born in Kingston, United Kingdom in 1957. He received a degree in illustration at Brighton College. He has designed and illustrated everything from glove puppets to teapots, wrapping paper to greetings cards. He is an author and illustrator of many children's picture and pop up books. His works include Dinosaur Roar, Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Galore, The Christmas Bear, One Bear One Dog, A Number of Dinosaurs, Swamp Stomp, Truck Jam, Big Dig, and Big Bug Little Bug.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Stickland (The Christmas Bear) gives new meaning to the phrase "bear witness" in this rhyming story, in which a boy becomes convinced that his house is hosting an ever-growing gathering of ursine guests. "I lay in bed with all my toys," the boy narrates, as Stickland shows him in his bedroom surrounded by a predominately stuffed bear menagerie, "I thought I heard a furry noise." He finds friendly-looking bears of all sizes and colors rapidly taking over the downstairs, snacking on cupcakes and boogying to a jazz combo. They cheerfully make the boy part of the proceedings, but he soon realizes that every house has its occupancy limit, and rouses his father to disperse the crowd. In a nice touch, Stickland shows the sleepy father, who, rather than admonishing the boy that it's just a dream, stands at the top of the stairs and issues a loud and effective "Shoo!" Every full-bleed spread, bathed in an ethereal glow, conveys both the lateness of the hour and the giddily imaginary nature of the goings-on. Although the bears are unremarkable, their sheer volume makes up for what they lack in individual personalities. And the "Here we go again" punchline that wraps up the book should elicit giggles. Ages 2-6. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A boy in bed, surrounded by his stuffed animals, hears a "furry noise" coming from outside his room. He goes to investigate and finds the whole house full of bears of all sizes having a party. He joins in the fun until he decides that maybe there are too many of them. He wakes his dad, who says "SHOO" and tucks his son back in bed. Just as the boy is about to drift off to sleep he hears the sound of sheep. Juvenile insomniacs may be comforted by this kindred spirit's efforts to fill his wakeful hours. Stickland's bears (and sheep) are totally comforting; however, his protagonist looks a bit mature to be surrounded by stuffed animals. The glowing watercolor artwork radiates warmth and comfort. The rhyming text is occasionally strained, e.g., "gone" and "one," or "door" and "saw." Still, the inviting full-page illustrations and tidy text boxes make this a pleasant choice for naptime, bedtime, or storyhours.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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