Bedtime for Bear (Hardcover)

By Brett Helquist, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

HarperTorch, 9780060502058, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2011

Winter 2011 Kids' Next List

“It's time for Bear to curl up in his cozy bed and sleep for the winter. But just as he is about to drift off into hibernation he hears his raccoon friends calling him to play outside in the snow. They are making too much noise for Bear to sleep, so he marches outside to tell them to be quiet, only to get a snowball in the nose! He and his friends play in the snow all day before it's really and truly bedtime for Bear. Brett Helquist's story is raucous and adorable, with wonderful illustrations that perfectly capture the friends' fun day in the snow.”
— Megan Graves, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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Wintertime is here, and that means it is bedtime for Bear. But Bear's friends don't think so. They want Bear to come and play outside in the snow. Bear can hear his friends calling. He hears them laughing and playing. Bear can't sleep. But it's bedtime What is a bear to do?

Praise For Bedtime for Bear

“Satisfying. Helquist’s compositions are lovely with just the right quirky details to catch viewers’ attention. Offer this one to those in need of a winter’s read-aloud before naptime.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

“Helquist’s sumptuous paintings and expansive sense of visual comedy make this tale a keeper. Readers will want to jump right into these pages and join in the fun. Bonus: with the line “It’s bedtime for bears,” Helquist has coined a bedtime call-to-arms with staying power.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for A Christmas Carol: “The beloved Christmas classic is skillfully adapted for this simplified introduction to the tale. Helquist’s artistic style is an excellent match for the Dickensian world of mysterious spirits and spooky graveyards.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“With pleasing touches of detail, humor and a few frightful strokes...the eye-catching art makes a strong pairing to the accessible abridgment of Dickens’s text. ”
-Publishers Weekly

“Helquist’s talent for detail and visual moods is truly remarkable. The whole family will love this one”
-Deseret Morning News

“This interpretation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is not to be missed. Brett Helquist gets everything just right.”
-Asheville Citizen-Times