Cheery persistence wears down a curmudgeonly bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.
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 tale that begs to be read aloud, 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 go away!
About the Author
Bonny Becker, author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels, says that the persistent mouse featured in A Visitor for Bear just popped into her head one day and wouldn’t go away. Several other Bear and Mouse stories are in the works. Bonny Becker lives in Seattle. Kady MacDonald Denton is the illustrator of Two Homes by Claire Masurel and A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. She lives in Ontario, Canada.
A Visitor for Bear has the feel of a classic, and it’s so cozy that no parent could object to reading it aloud every night. —New York Times Book Review
The lively repetition and superb pacing make this an ideal choice for storytime. —School Library Journal (starred review)
Charmingly droll, watercolor, ink and gouache illustrations, excellent pacing and the contrast in the sizes of Bear and mouse are a perfect comedic mixture. —Kirkus Reviews
A surefire storytime hit, <I>A Visitor for Bear</I> won’t wear out its welcome. —Horn Book
The characters are highly expressive, making the pictures fun, and the dramatic text will lend itself to reading aloud. —Booklist
Simply charming. —Menasha Kids Online
A book that warms the cold cockles of even the grumpiest heart…A great readaloud! —SLJ Fuse #8 blog
A picture book at its finest… A delight on every level! —Seven Impossible Things blog