Book review: A Christmas for Bear, by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Becker, Bonny. A Christmas for Bear. Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. Candlewick Press, 2017. Unpaged. ISBN 9780763649234. Ages 5-9. P8Q7

I loved this story about Bear, who wants to have a Christmas party but isn’t exactly sure how to go about it, and Mouse, who really wants a Christmas present. Bear is pretty sure that you have to have pickles at Christmas, and long, difficult poems. Mouse scurries around the house looking for his present, which must be hidden somewhere! After Mouse eats some of his pickle, and listens to part of the poem, we discover that there is indeed a present for him. I love the humorous illustrations (in watercolor, gouache, and ink) and the descriptive language, as well as the warm story about friendship.  I will be happy to add this book to our collection of Christmas stories for children.

VERDICT: This book is a good bet for elementary school and public libraries.

December 2017 review by Carol Schramm.


Book review: The Good-Pie Party

Scanlon, Liz Garton. The Good-Pie Party. Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2014. $17.99. ISBN 9780545448703. Unp. Ages pre-school. P8/Q8

This is a great story to help children who may be in the process of having to move. This story can help them realize they can share the moon with this friends they have to leave behind. This story also gives a fun idea of having a pie party to say goodbye to friends. I like stories that help children look at change or challenges in a positive way. October 2014 review by Melinda Dye.