Some Bears Just Want to Be Left Alone – Others Can’t Bear It!

BookendsCindy: The season of hibernation is nearing an end, but March roared into Michigan like the proverbial lion and an unexpected snow day has me digging into this blog post for Ciara Gavin’s picture book, Bear is Not Tired (2016). Bear is Not TiredWe last saw Bear and his duck friends in Room for Bear, so we know that bear hates to miss out on fun with his friends. When winter arrives and it is time for him to hibernate, he doesn’t want to go! Bear thinks he’s not tired, but his actions prove otherwise. When you fall asleep on the tennis court or face down in your meal, the game is over. Anyone who has watched a toddler insist that he is not one bit sleepy will enjoy this story and its charming watercolor illustrations as much as the children who have it read to them at bedtime. And never fear, the ducks come up with a surprise for Bear when he awakes in the spring, showing him he was never left out of the winter fun.

I love you already by jory JohnLynn: I love the book Cindy reviews but Jory John’s new book, I Love You Already (2016) really speaks to introverts like me who just need some quiet time. Bear loves nothing better than a quiet, lazy morning around the house. Just as he blissfully settles in with his tea, books, and diary, Duck drops in to drag Bear out for some fun. The exuberant Duck has a million suggestions of what to do, but Bear just wants a morning alone. Duck thinks quality time together would make Bear like him more. “I like you already,” says Bear but Duck just doesn’t get it. Benji Davies’ illustrations depict the two personalities wonderfully, with the lugubrious Bear and a slightly manic Duck set against strong, bright backgrounds. The two friends may never completely understand each other’s needs but readers are reassured that, despite their differences, they do love each other already! Alright, this review is done—now can you leave me alone for a while?

Cindy: But, Lynn . . . I have some great ideas for fun. Let’s go!!!




About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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