Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bear's House of Books

Bear's House of Books. Poppy Bishop. Illustrated by Alison Egson. 2017. 25 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Once there lived four friends who loved stories. Every night at bedtime, they read the same worn-out storybook. The cover was scuffed and the pages were sticky, but they didn't mind one bit. It had been theirs since they were all very little.

Premise/plot: This lovely picture book (originally published in the UK) stars a fox, a mouse, a hedgehog, and a bunny. All four friends LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read. The problem? They only have ONE book between them. Where do new books come from, they wonder?! Do you dig them up like potatoes? Do they fall from the skies like stars? These four set out to have a book-finding adventure. Do they find a new book? Yes. But perhaps more importantly, they find a new friend too.

My thoughts: I really loved this one. I loved the five characters in it--particularly bear!!! It was fun to see so many characters get so excited about reading, about books with happy endings! This book has a VERY happy ending because Bear decides to open his house so that others can enjoy his books. But there are RULES too. Rules that I can get behind 100%.

Favorite quote:
"Who left sticky pawprints on this cover?" he grumbled. "And a sandwich in the middle!" he rumbled. "Who's been reading my books?!"
Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10



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