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 Let's scare Bear
 Author: Katakawa, Yuko

 Publisher:  Holiday House (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 507791 ISBN: 9780823439539
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Forest animals -- Fiction
 Fear -- Fiction
 Tricks -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $22.08

Mouse, Fox, Snake, and Spider try to frighten Bear, the biggest, loudest, bravest, strongest--and possibly trickiest--animal in the forest.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.60
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 501926
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 76780

   School Library Journal (00/07/19)
   Booklist (06/01/19)
 The Hornbook (00/11/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2019 With his sharp claws and ferocious teeth, Bear is known as the biggest, bravest animal in the forest. He scares the other woodland creatures, but is there anything that can frighten Bear himself? In her charming debut, author-illustrator Katakawa answers this question as four forest inhabitants—Fox, Mouse, Snake, and Spider—try to scare the unflappable bear. After several funny, failed attempts leave the smaller critters at wits’ end, Bear admits the one thing that scares him very much: manju cake, a sweet treat that the other creatures have been enjoying without him. But can they actually scare him with this new information? The answer comes with a fun surprise, along with a lesson about friendship, bullying, and bravery. This lighthearted tale is a twist on a classic story from the Japanese oral tradition of rakugo, making for a delightful read-aloud. Mixed-media illustrations add energy to the excitement, and the delectable subject may have children demanding a manju cake before the end. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 PreS-Gr 1—Based on a form of Japanese storytelling, this visually engaging story loses a bit of logic in translation but retains a lot of appeal. Mouse, Fox, Spider, and Snake are about to feast on delicious manju cakes, when Bear passes by and they decide to scare him. Each animal tries and fails, until Bear reveals that his only fear is manju cakes. The animals throw their cakes into his cave and wait. Eventually, Bear emerges, stating "It's scary how much I love manju cake," leaving the animals to go make new cakes. The reasoning for scaring bear is flimsy at best, and his slick trick may be lost on young readers. Nevertheless, the text is brief and well paced, with a folklorish storytelling style that reads aloud well with nary a wasted word. The mixed-media, mostly full-bleed illustrations are reminiscent of Eric Rohmann's work, with heavy outlines, saturated backgrounds, and expressively faced animals. Bear is enormous and dominates the pages, and spider weaves commentary with her silk. Katakawa makes great use of perspective and movement, encouraging page turns and effectively drawing the eye. Fox and Bear each display some pretty scary toothy snarls, but the rest of the illustrations are in good fun. VERDICT While the story line is slim, the arresting visuals and nicely cadenced text make this an excellent candidate for storytimes. Most libraries will want to add it to their shelves.—Amy Lilien-Harper, Wilton Library, CT - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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