Author(s): Bonny Becker
Curmudgeonly Bear succumbs to Mouse's entreaties and discovers the joy of books in a hilarious story that fans will covet for their own library. Bear does "not" want to go to the library. He is quite sure he already has all the books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly cheery Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, thinks different. When Bear reluctantly agrees to go with his friend to the big library, neither rocket ships nor wooden canoes are enough for Bear's picky tastes. How will Mouse ever find the perfect book for Bear? Children will giggle themselves silly as Bear's arguments give way to his inevitable curiosity, leading up to a satisfying story hour and a humorously just-right library book.
Becker tells the story with economy, style, and wit, spicing the narrative with dialogue that reveals the characters' personalities as clearly as their body language does in the illustrations. Well composed and expressively drawn, Denton's fluid ink, watercolor, and gouache artwork contrasts the sizes and moods of the characters very effectively. Friends with very different personalities are a staple of picture books, but few duos are as dependably fresh and amusing as Mouse and Bear. A fine, funny addition to the Bear and Mouse series.--BooklistIn a series of scenes both silly and gently humorous, the ever persistent Mouse works hard to persuade gruff-but-lovable bear to become a library user. ... Excellent text and layout combine with friendly illustrations to set the newest generation of readers laughing at the well-worn joke of someone bellowing for quiet in the library. Team Becker and Denton has again succeeded in creating a book that keeps the attention of young readers and makes them smile.--Kirkus ReviewsDenton's colorful watercolor, ink, and gouache illustrations perfectly capture the expressions of these mismatched best friends. Young readers wary of new experiences can count on Bear to lead the way.--School Library Journal
Bonny Becker is the author of several 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. Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of many books for children, including the Bear and Mouse books, as well as "Two Homes" by Claire Masurel. Kady MacDonald Denton lives in Ontario.