ALICE & LUCY WILL WORK FOR BUNK BEDS by Jaime Temairik

ALICE & LUCY WILL WORK FOR BUNK BEDS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A pair of bear sisters who get along great, except when it comes to sharing a bed, work up a sweet plan to buy bunk beds—but things get messy along the way.

Sisters Lucy (larger, messy, loves jelly) and Alice (word nerd, likes plain peanut butter) are the best of friends, but their disagreement about foods they love causes a disaster when they take a job at a bakery to pay for their bunk beds. A bake-off goes horribly wrong, ruining an elaborate wedding cake—but these cubs are hardworking and smart. They come up with an alternate cake that ends up being a big hit. Illustrator Temairik's first solo book has a playful one-thing-leads-to-another structure that of course ends with the titular bunk beds—after some amusing detours. She varies the visual pace of the story with double-page spreads, some dialogue-heavy back-and-forth exchanges, and lots of sneaky puns, such as those on the cereal boxes ("How Wheat It is!") and this world's paper of record, the Gnu York Times. But the word jokes alone would make for a thin experience if the facial expressions and body language of Temairik's characters weren't so spot-on and the mostly easygoing vibe between Lucy and Alice weren't so comfortably familiar.

The stakes, as they are, never get much higher than a trashed party pastry, but spending time with Lucy and Alice is well worth it. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 5th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4847-0816-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2016




MORE BY JAIME TEMAIRIK

ChildrenHOW TO NEGOTIATE EVERYTHING by David Spellman
by David Spellman

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBEARS IN BEDS by Shirley Parenteau
by Shirley Parenteau
ChildrenPAUL & ANTOINETTE by Kerascoët
by Kerascoët
ChildrenHOW TO NEGOTIATE EVERYTHING by David Spellman
by David Spellman