Friday, August 10, 2012

Becker and Denton's Mouse and Bear Picture Books

Fun Picture Book Series!
I recently discovered Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton's Mouse and Bear picture books. They are great cuddle up and read books, but also have a humorous touch to them as well.

The first book, A VISITOR FOR BEAR, introduces us to Mouse and Bear and shows the beginning of their friendship. (Look at that cover, aren't they just adorable!)

The book jacket gives a great synopsis:

Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But when Bear goes to the cupboard to get a bowl, there is the mouse — small and gray and bright-eyed.

In this slapstick comedy of manners from author Bonny Becker and illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton, all Bear wants is to eat his breakfast in peace, but the mouse — who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places — just won’t let him be!

I love the manners that Bear and Mouse use. Without being pushy or over the top, they teach kids that being polite (even when you're annoyed) is possible. Those manners coupled with the fun places Mouse pops up, make the book an enjoyable and fun read.

After meeting Mouse and Bear, their further adventures can be found in A BEDTIME FOR BEAR and THE SNIFFLES FOR BEAR.  They also have fun in an early reader A BIRTHDAY FOR BEAR.

Have a great weekend everyone!  I'm reading a great new middle grade and hope to have it done to share on Monday.