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DOG AND BEAR by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Kirkus Star

DOG AND BEAR

Three to Get Ready

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Author) , Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59643-396-0
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Button-jointed Bear and his best friend Dog are back and still as wonderful as ever. In the first story, Bear will remind readers of another lovable bear, Pooh, but instead of being wedged in a hole, Bear has a bucket stuck on his head. Later Dog the daredevil bounces dangerously high on his bed (“I am a spaceship heading for the stars!”). A quieter story completes the book, as Bear comes up with a toy-storage system that only he could concoct. The pacing is perfect in this book for young readers. Starting each story with a visual mystery (Why is there a bucket on Bear’s head? Where is the rest of Dog? What’s in the box?), the narrative draws readers in; the ever-changing perspectives, including many where Bear turns and speaks directly to readers, keep the action coming. Smaller frames slow down the action and close-ups speed it up. Quick, black lines filled with color play off the white background and help new readers know just where to find the action. Seeger continues to set a high standard for picture books. Superb. (Picture book. 3-8)