Bear has made a wonderful den for himself, but is something missing? A warm, playful story about what truly makes a home.
“Den good. Den great. Den just right.”
Bear is sitting on the floor of his empty new den when he suddenly notices it’s not quite done. It needs . . . chairs! And a table! But stretched out on his table after a carpentry job well done, Bear realizes his den is still not quite right. . . . Cozy furniture, nice lamps, delicious food, an enticing game — is there anything Bear’s den still needs as he stands alone and surveys his handiwork? Vibrantly colored illustrations make kids feel right at home in this fun-to-read ode to friendship.
About the Author
Jane Godwin is the author of numerous books for children; Bear Make Den is her Candlewick debut. A children’s book publisher in Australia, she lives in Melbourne with her husband, co-author Michael Wagner.
Michael Wagner has written dozens of books for children. He has also been in a band, worked as a radio broadcaster, written and produced award-winning animation for television, and written and performed comedy.
Andrew Joyner is an internationally published illustrator and author. His popular books include The Terrible Plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky. He lives in South Australia.
Joyner renders Bear in a broad cartoon style that may bring to mind Yogi Bear with a stronger moral character. Indeed, Bear is a great role model, proving—without preaching—that industriousness, grit, and ingenuity offer manifold rewards. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Joyner's ink drawings with digital color are appealing in their humorous depictions of the industrious, jovial protagonist bear... —Kirkus Reviews
A great read-aloud for maker or friendship storytimes. As each item in the den leads to another, kids will enjoy guessing what’s next based on the text and illustrations. Sure to be a popular selection. —School Library journal
Jane Godwin and Michael Wagner tell a simple, funny story about homemaking...Is there anything Bear has overlooked? Well, of course there is, and children ages 2-5 will enjoy shouting out the answer in this rustic read-aloud.” —The Wall Street Journal