“Bear had never been to the library….  Bear was quite sure he had all the books he would ever need.” 

So this story begins.  He had seven (7!!) books and he was sure that he had enough!  We know differently, don’t we?

His friend, Mouse, and he were supposed to go to the library, but now that Mouse had come for him, he was sure that he had made a mistake in accepting this invitation.  But Bear consented, put his roller skates on; Mouse hopped into the basket carried by Bear, and off they went.  As they approached the library, which could have been a Carnegie library for its grand outward style, Bear called it, “Most excessive.”  Then when he walked into the library and saw all of the books and the size of the library, he proclaimed, “Terribly extravagant.”  Mouse began to bring books to Bear, hoping that Bear would find one that peaked his interest, but Bear’s voice only grew louder and louder with each new negative response to Mouse.  A patron told him, “Quiet voices in the library.”  He was also shushed by a mother squirrel from the other side of a bookshelf.  Then, to his amazement, he saw many young animal patrons with a parent or two listening intently to the librarian as she read a children’s book for story time.  After another doubtful moment when Bear could just not handle being in the library, the librarian caught his attention.  She was able to make a real library book reader out of Bear, but you will have to read the story to find out how she managed this!

The illustrations are soft and easy to look at as the story unfolds through each page.  Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton have worked together on the series of Bear and Mouse books since 2008, making this one the sixth in that series.
Reading Level:  3 – 7 Years

Bonny Becker had a dream of becoming a writer, but before she published her first book, she went to college two times, getting a degree in Psychology and a degree in English/Creative Writing.  She is the author of six books about Bear and Mouse, including the New York Times bestseller A Visitor for Bear. She is also the author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. Bonny Becker lives in Seattle with her online presence @ http://bonnybecker.com/

Kady MacDonald Denton is an award-winning illustrator and has authored some of her own children’s books as well.  She observed in 2011 that “I’m in that quickly-shrinking group of illustrators who doesn’t use a computer at any stage in the illustration process.”  Kady MacDonald Denton lives in Ontario, Canada and can also be found @ http://kadymacdonalddenton.ca/

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780763649241
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Bear and Mouse Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Originally, I reviewed this book in August, 2014 for my first book blog site.


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