Any fear can be faced down when you’re with the ones you love.
In a cozy cave in the woods, a bear family has just settled down to bed. But a loud roar wakes Baby Bear, and he can’t sleep until he knows what made it. So, off they all tromp through the forest. Sounds made by a deer, a frog, and a crow stop the family in its tracks, but when their sources are pointed out, Daddy laughs and says, “You see?…There’s no monster out there. / And anyway, nothing can frighten a bear.” But unbeknownst to him, his family has been dwindling, clever page turns working with the rhymes to prompt readers to chime in: Mom’s caught in a tree, Ben falls in the stream, and Grace is stuck in the muck. When father and youngest finally realize they are alone, they do get frightened. But all turns out right in the end, the five bears linking hands to return to bed and discover the snorer in their midst. Metcalf’s mixed-media illustrations use starlight, a full moon, and Daddy Bear’s lantern to illuminate the night. The scribbly-furred cartoon bears are not scary at all, and the other forest denizens are equally cute and nonthreatening; even the sight that so frightens Daddy and Baby Bear will not frighten readers.Gives caregivers a new response in their arsenal of answers to the nighttime question “What was that noise?” (Picture book. 3-7)