Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Scare a Bear

Scare a Bear

Kathy-Jo Wargin
Illustrator:  John Brendall-Brunello 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Sleeping Bear Press, 2010   ISBN: 978-1585364305

Staying in little cabins in the woods during the summer vacation is something many children enjoy doing. There are so many activities to try, and adventures to have. There is one problem though. What should one do if a bear comes into camp? How do you scare a bear?

Will the bear go away if you bang pots and pans, if you yell, or if you ring a “loud bell?” What if a bear isn’t easy to scare? What if loud noises and “big scary” poses have no effect on the bear at all. What if the bear decides to stay in the camp to swim, to fish, to have dinner, to sit by the campfire, and even – what a thought – to spend the night!

This delightful picture book with its rhyming text and its amusing illustrations, will charm young readers who have an active imagination and who enjoy a good laugh.