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A VISITOR FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker


by Bonny Becker & illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-2807-9
Publisher: Candlewick

The sign on Bear’s front door declares “NO VISITORS ALLOWED”—and the curmudgeon means it. When a tapping at the door interrupts his breakfast preparation, he’s quite annoyed, especially when he opens it and finds a small, bright-eyed mouse. Bear points to his sign and slams the door. But, when he opens the cupboard for a bowl, there is the mouse. “OUT,” commands Bear. Three more times, the mouse raps and Bear yells. He locks the door and windows, stops up the chimney, plugs the drain in the bathtub and thinks he’s mouse-free—until he lifts the tea-kettle lid and there’s the mouse—again! “I give up,” Bear blubbers. “You win!” Two plates of cheese, two cups of tea and two sets of fire-warmed toes later, the mouse promises to go. When Bear walks him to the door, he shows his appreciation of mouse’s company by taking down his sign: “Only for salesmen—not friends.” Charmingly droll, watercolor, ink and gouache illustrations, excellent pacing and the contrast in the sizes of Bear and mouse are a perfect comedic mixture. Kids will giggle each time the mouse reappears and grin with satisfaction when big and little become friends. (Picture book. 3-7)