CONTRARY BEAR by Phyllis Root

CONTRARY BEAR

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

 A small girl narrates this book; her best friend is Bear, called Contrary Bear by her father for always doing the opposite of what he instructs. Contrary Bear wreaks household havoc and makes an enemy of Dad, but all is patched up in the end. Root (Coyote and the Magic Words, 1993, etc.) imbues the narrator with a highly expressive voice, characterized by understated irony; readers will be quick to see the link between Contrary Bear's behavior and that of the girl. Cornell illustrates with reliably zany cartoons; the bear is fully complicit in (and occasionally prime mover to) all the antics, with a fierce march and a sense of humor--in fact, he's crazy. His facial expressions in particular are hilarious and the little girl who loves him is a charmer. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 31st, 1996
ISBN: 0-06-025085-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 1996




MORE BY PHYLLIS ROOT

ChildrenPLANT A POCKET OF PRAIRIE by Phyllis Root
by Phyllis Root
ChildrenSCRAWNY CAT by Phyllis Root
by Phyllis Root
ChildrenBIG BELCHING BOG by Phyllis Root
by Phyllis Root

MORE BY LAURA CORNELL

ChildrenMY BRAVE YEAR OF FIRSTS by Jamie Lee Curtis
by Jamie Lee Curtis
ChildrenWHERE DO BALLOONS GO? by Jamie Lee Curtis
by Jamie Lee Curtis
ChildrenM.O.M.  (MOM OPERATING MANUAL) by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin