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Breaking news : bear alert
Biedrzycki, David, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"In this story (told in the form of a television broadcast), bears emerge from hibernation demanding to be fed."
Reading Level:
AD 400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 166990.

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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Two bears awaken from hibernation and go to town--literally. During their visit, they eat at a diner, dress up at a department store, and stop a couple of bank robbers, all the while mistaking the townspeople's terror for friendliness.

Author Notes

David Biedrzycki is the author/illustrator of Me and My Dragon, Me and My Dragon- Scared of Halloween, and the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series. He has also illustrated many books for young readers, including The Beetle Alphabet Book and Dory Story. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Like its predecessor, Breaking News: Bear Alert (2014), this entertainingly chaotic story is told as if it were a late-breaking television news broadcast. Involved is a bear cub, its parents, a crowded carnival, two escaped criminals, their feline accomplice, and the Channel 3 news team. In pursuit of their cub, the large bear couple cause mayhem as they wander into the carnival and inadvertently expose the crooks who are pickpocketing. The slickness and intensity of the brightly colored cartoon-style digital illustrations glow like a television screen and work well for the newscast format. The bubbled dialogue of the news team provides most of the text. In addition, a news ticker across the bottom of the screens (i.e., double-page spreads) gives the up-to-the-minute whereabouts of the bears as they proceed through the carnival, as well as other details about the unfolding story. Be ready for a repeat read (or two) to catch details that might slip by on the first pass.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chaos reigns in this mock televised caper, when a children's nature show called Our Furry Planet is interrupted by a bulletin about two bears on the loose. The brown, cartoonish bears ramble along upright, try out binoculars acquired from the frightened Furry Planet host, and appear oblivious to the panic they cause as they dance in the streets and visit a photo booth. Biedrzycki (Me and My Dragon), whose illustrations call to mind Dan Santat's work in the Oh No! books, composes the landscape-oriented pages as a wide-screen, high-definition news broadcast, complete with man-on-the-scene interviews--a clueless mother is too busy with her phone to notice the bears; a diner cook explains his refusal to serve the barefoot bears--a scrolling blue ticker with updates from a Skycam 3 helicopter, and multiple security videos. Two burglars and their cat take advantage of the fray, as seen on video at a Paddington's department store, until the bears accidentally foil the crooks and are deemed heroes. Bear wordplay, puns, and children's book references abound in this romp, which comically exploits our cultures of distraction and surveillance. Ages 4--8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Better suited to individual reading than storytime, this picture book is loaded with comedic touches that make poring over the pages a lot of fun. The text is minimal, only appearing as the recognizable ticker that runs at the bottom of the television screen during cable news programming or in speech balloons over the heads of citizens being interviewed by reporters. The lack of a fully written narrative requires readers to really delve into the art to glean clues to the story line, a wonderful means for deep engagement. Two bears wake from their winter slumber and decide to take a field trip to civilization, having a ball while townsfolk run this way and that in alarm. The illustrations are big, bold, and delightfully busy. As the bears enjoy their outing, a secondary situation develops involving two thieves and a charming feline sidekick. The criminals and critters cross paths in the end, and the wayward bears are feted as heroes for actions that only coincidentally save the day. Kids will love the goofy grown-ups, round-bellied bears, and tiny jokes-like a diner sign advertising porridge "too hot, too cold, or just right"-embedded in the artwork, and they'll enjoy putting together all the rib-tickling pieces of the story on their own.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



We interrupt this program to bring you . . . BREAKING NEWS: Bear Alert! Two bears seen entering Teddy's Diner. Witnesses say they did not wait to be seated. Bears reportedly demanded to be fed. They did not leave a good tip. Excerpted from Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.