Bear with Me by Max Kornell
Owen had a great life before Gary showed up. One day his parents just showed up with a big bear. They said they had always wanted a bear. But Owen didn’t want a bear at all. Gary was going to sleep in Owen’s room, share Owen’s toys, and live with them as part of their family. Now his parents were busy with Gary and Gary snored when he slept! He even left the covers off the markers so they dried out and broke the swing in the backyard. Owen finally had enough and went outside by himself. Gary found him there and slowly, slowly the two of them became friends. Perhaps having a bear join the family wasn’t as bad as Owen had thought.
Kornell writes with a wry sense of humor that works very well here. The use of an intruding bear as a stand-in for a new sibling works well in his hands. He keeps the text straight-forward but humorous.
The illustrations add much to the book. They are done in an intriguing style of cut-paper that has been drawn on and then added to the scenes. Each character is often their own cut out on a background that is one large sheet. The lines are simple and the colors bright. Gary is a wonderfully large bear that is completely non-threatening and looks just as worried as Owen.
Ideal for blended families or new adoptive siblings, this book has loads of appeal. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
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