Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Little Bear's Big House

Little Bear's Big House

Benjamin Chaud
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Chronicle Books, 2018   ISBN: 978-1452173719

The sun is shining down on the forest, melting the snow and warming the animals, who are reveling in the joys of spring. However, one animal is not at all happy. Little Bear is bored and tired of sitting around while his little brother naps. Little bears like him should be having “big adventures,” and so off he stomps.

Many of the animals that Little Bear encounters invite him to join in their activities, but Little Bear does not want to play with the squirrels, eat mushroom with the rabbits, or look at the beaver’s new dam.

Finally, as the sun is setting, Little Bear comes to a clearing in the forest and in the middle of the clearing is an enormous and very beautiful house. Little Bear has decided that he is now a little boy, and little boys, unlike little bears, are allowed in houses. So, without further ado, Little Bear walks into the house.

Every single room in the house, and there are many of these, is full of entertaining things. There are toys to play with, beds to crawl into, clothes to try on, beds to bounce on, staircases to run up and down, and so much more. Little Bear is in heaven. And then he hears a loud bang.

Packed with details that children will enjoy exploring, this large format book takes readers on a delightful adventure with a little bear who, maybe, just perhaps, finds out that adventures are not all they are cracked up to be. Children will laugh out loud when they realize what is going on in the story.