Brilliant Books: A Library Book for Bear

As I’ve said many times before, we love going to the library and are very lucky to have one just at the end of our road, which we can visit regularly. While there are always going to be the books T begs me to read which I wish had never been written (a certain Princess and her potty, for example – useful for a time but of no literary interest), we have found so many fantastic tales there which we love to read again and again. So I thought I’d share one of these with you today!

Front cover of a library book for bear.
‘A Library Book for Bear’, by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

A Library Book for Bear tells the tale of Bear, who has reluctantly agreed to accompany his friend mouse to the library. Bear considers this to be quite an unnecessary trip, since he already has seven books, but agrees to go anyway.

One of the things which really makes the book for me is the character of Bear – grumpy and completely unreasonable! For some reason, I can’t help but adore characters like this – I LOVE playing the part of Bear when I read the story to T! I’m quite a positive and cheery person generally, I hope, but I definitely have a grumpy side…so I think I empathise with him!

Bear is slumped in a chair at the library, scowling.
Look at him, all grumpy and slumped in his chair! Hilarious!
Image of Bear towering over Mouse. The text reads, '"My voice is always quiet," Bear shouted. "I will find my own book. I can assure you that pickles are quite interesting!"'
Mouse keeps reminding Bear, so meekly, that it’s “quiet voices in the library” – needless to say, Bear doesn’t take kindly to this at all!

Another of my favourite things about the book is the illustration. I love the style of it, it’s just so gorgeous! I love the quiet details you find in the illustration – for example, Bears strap-on skates which look so like the Fisher Price ones my siblings and I had when we were kids.

Bear has strap on roller skates and is skating to the library, while mouse rides in his basket.

The illustration does so much to help tell the story. Like when the kindly librarian invites Bear to come and listen to the story she is telling (which sounds like it might be just up Bears street), the illustration gives you a really good idea of how Bear is feeling.

The librarian smiles up at Bear, while he glances at Mouse, unsure what to do.

I won’t ruin the ending for you – but let me leave you with one of my favourite illustrations of Bear.

Bear is sitting, hands held to his face in joy!

I would highly recommend this book. It is really funny, and the characters of Bear and Mouse are so endearing. I wish I was as patient as Mouse! You can buy this book here, or find it at your local library.

Thanks for reading!

Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post and all views, as always, are my own. I have used an affiliate link, which means that if you choose to buy this book using my link, I will get a few pennies!


Pinnable image - pic of bear and title of book

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