Mad, Mad Bear! (Hardcover)

By Kimberly Gee, Kimberly Gee (Illustrator)

Beach Lane Books, 9781481449717, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

Bear is very, very, very MAD! Will he ever feel better? Find out in this sweet and silly picture book about toddler tantrums that little ones—and their caretakers—are sure to relate to.

Bear had to leave the park early for his nap. Then he fell and got an owie on the way home. And then he had to leave his favorite boots and stick outside. Bear feels like nothing is fair, and that makes him VERY, VERY, VERY MAD! Can he find a way to move through his emotions and get back to feeling better? Maybe…but not before having a major meltdown!


About the Author

Kimberly Gee grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to delving into her life-long dream of writing and illustrating children’s books, Kimberly parlayed her creative talents into a successful career in architectural design, illustration, and greeting card design and production. Kimberly currently resides in Claremont, California. She has two young children, Finn and Claire, who are her inspiration (and her models). Visit her at KimberlyGee.com.

Kimberly Gee grew up in Lakewood, New Jersey, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to delving into her life-long dream of writing and illustrating children’s books, Kimberly parlayed her creative talents into a successful career in architectural design, illustration, and greeting card design and production. Kimberly currently resides in Claremont, California. She has two young children, Finn and Claire, who are her inspiration (and her models). Visit her at KimberlyGee.com.


Praise For Mad, Mad Bear!

Why is Bear so mad? Readers first encounter Bear in his bedroom, scowling. A flashback (unusual in picture books) explains that he's mad because he "was the first one to have to leave the park for a nap." The accompanying art shows Bear being led off the recto and looking back longingly at other cubs on a playground. The text then explains that he tripped and "got an owie on the way home. And then he had to take off his boots and leave his favorite stick outside." This understated, sympathetic text is extended and enhanced by Gee's expressive, downright cuddly art, which evokes something of Kevin Henkes' later style, with a dash of Marla Frazee's emotive prowess. A zoomed-in portrait of Bear's pouting face against a dark background brings readers back to the time of the opening spread and reads "Bear thinks it is all no fair." This may bring to mind really, really angry Sophie and her blazing close-up in Molly Bang's famous title. Bear's ensuing tantrum alone in his room might make some wonder where his mother is (it was she who led him off the playground), but she soon reappears to give him lunch and tuck him in for a much-needed nap. When Bear awakens, he's ready to play outside, refreshed and, like angry Sophie before him, no longer mad. Good, good book! (Picture book. 2-5) 
— Kirkus

Toddler-PreS–A young bear becomes extremely upset as he remembers how his mother made him leave the park while everyone else got to stay and have fun. After tripping on the sidewalk, he then “had to take off his boots and leave his favorite stick outside.” Oh, the injustice of it all! Alone in his room, the toddler has a full-blown tantrum, pushes over a chair, and sends his teddy bear flying. Once his fury is spent, the cub begins to relax. After lunch and a nap, he is recharged and ready to play outside again. The black Prismacolor and digitally colored illustrations have clear clean lines and portray a toddler still in diapers—as evidenced by the snaps on his pants—who has a meltdown. The fact that this very young bear was able to calm himself down and let the anger go is an important lesson in this charming episode. VERDICT Pair this with Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry– Really, Really ­Angry to introduce another method of dealing with anger and finding peace.–Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI
— School Library Journal

A young bear stands in his room, arms crossed, with a disgruntled expression on his face. “Bear is mad,” says the text, and soon we learn why. To start with, he had to leave the playground; next, he fell and “got an owie.” Plus, once home, he couldn’t bring in his “favorite stick.” To Bear, “it is all no fair,” and he’s “very . . . very . . . Mad!” which snowballs into crying and tossing toys. But, eventually, taking breaths proves calming, so does Mom giving him a snack and helping tuck him into bed for a nap, at last. And, upon waking, things look brighter. Gee's spare, uncomplicated prose nicely captures both his escalating frustrations and the de-escalating process. Simply rendered illustrations, featuring soft, rounded figures and a warm palette, primarily keep the focus on Bear, and Gee's careful line strokes masterfully convey his various feelings and accompanying behaviors. Gee’s relatable, insightful, and supportive story effectively portrays not only the intensity of some bad (and mad) moods, but also, reassuringly, that they’ll pass. — Shelle Rosenfeld
— Booklist