Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker

Book Jacket

Bear does not like birthdays.  He doesn't like parties or balloons, cards or candles.  In fact, Bear does not like anything to do with birthdays at all.  He would much rather spend his birthday alone cleaning his house, but Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, has other ideas. 

The creators of A Visitor for Bear team up again for another comedy about the curmudeonly Bear and his eager friend, Mouse.


Who doesn't like birthdays?  Well, my roommate in college.  But despite knowing her, I still cannot fathom being unexcited about my birthday.  So a story about a bear who would rather clean his house than eat birthday cake and open presents!?  I can't relate.

It doesn't help that we are given no hints that Bear actually does want to celebrate his birthday (through words or pictures) until all of a sudden, he's sporting new roller skates, surrounded by balloons, and chowing down on chocolate cake.  Whoops, spoilers.  I didn't love it, although it's nice that a level book is a part of the Monarch nominees.

Two out of five mousey disguises.

Release Date: September 2009
Reading Level: Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: MONARCH

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