A Birthday for Bear (Hardcover)

An Early Reader (Bear and Mouse)

By Bonny Becker, Kady Macdonald Denton (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763637460, 56pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

List Price: 15.99*
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Description

Can a relentlessly cheery Mouse wear down a party-pooping Bear? The unlikely pair are back in a droll, utterly charming tale that early readers will celebrate. (Ages 4-7)

Bear does not like birthdays. He doesn’t like parties or balloons, cards or candles. In fact, Bear does not like anything to do with birthdays at all. He would much rather spend his birthday alone cleaning his house, but Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, has other ideas. The author and illustrator who created the best-selling picture book A VISITOR FOR BEAR return with another comedy about the curmudgeonly Bear and his eager friend Mouse, this time in an early-reader format.


About the Author

Bonny Becker is the author of a number of award-winning picture books and middle-grade novels. She 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 Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


Praise For A Birthday for Bear: An Early Reader (Bear and Mouse)

With a nicely cadenced text in four short chapters, wonderfully fresh ink-and-watercolor illustrations, and a funny climax, this story works equally well for young independent readers or as a read-aloud for younger children.
—Booklist

Mouse draws upon the sheer force of his cheery goodwill to chip away at Bear’s resolve, ultimately succeeding…Reads as a well-pitched combination of humorous dialogue and omniscient commentary.
—Kirkus Reviews

Whimsical full-color ink and watercolor illustrations hilariously depict the yin and yang of enormous, cantankerous Bear and tiny, merry Mouse. A sprinkling of colorful, out-of-the-ordinary vocabulary words and phrases adds welcome spice to the narrative. Fluent early readers will be pulled into this title by the appeal of its universal subject, entertaining characters, and the satisfying story.
—School Library Journal