Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Sniffles For Bear by Bonny Becker (Children's, Picture Book, 10/10)

November 2011, Walker Books
36 pages, Hardback
Review copy

Themes: having a cold, what to do when ill with a cold, emotions when having a cold, compassionate friends, loads of humour

Summary from Walker Books

Bear has a terrible cold. In fact, Bear is quite sure that no one has ever been as sick as he is. So when Mouse comes tap, tap, tapping on his front door eager to make Bear “as good as new” by reading a sunny story, singing a rousing chorus and plinking a twangy tune on her banjo, the pitifully coughing Bear – growing weaker by the minute – is convinced that his tiny friend does not appreciate the gravity of the situation. Can there be any saving Bear from his certain demise?

Nayuleska's thoughts 

This is an absolutely spot on and hilarious book. Bear is a grumpy, melodramic person which can be how people are when they are ill. Mouse is a cheerful little soul who provides Bear with what he needs ( Bear feels like a he) rather than what he wants. I liked how in almost every scene you can see Bear's slippers which change position, and Mouse's bag which is always near by. This 10/10 read gives an insight into how people feel with a cold and how others can act towards them.

You can find out more on Bonny's website

Suggested read
A book with much less grumpiness and a lot of love with a similar style of illustrations is Guess How Much I Love You, Here, There and Everywhere by Sam McBratney

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