The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
In this story, an unknown narrator talks about the thievery of someone’s sandwich. A bear, after eating many basketfuls of berries, foolishly falls asleep in a truck. As a result, he is whisked away from the buzzing forest to a rumbling city. The bear’s new location is unfamiliar, but he repurposes it for temporary forest needs, that is, until the most delicious sandwich in the world catches his eye. The technique behind the art in this story is amazing…colorful, light, almost like watercolors, but not quite. From beginning to end this book was a joy to read…especially for that surprise ending.
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
The Bear and the Piano has a beautiful, sparkling forest setting. It starts with a wandering bear happening upon a piano in this stunning forest. At first he does not know what to do with the object, but a few pages and a considerable number of months later he becomes an expert at playing. Bears gather to hear piano music every evening. Some humans discover him and encourage him to find success across the water in a nearby city. The illustrations contain warm, muted and earthy colors. Every page evokes a sense of wonder. And, best yet, the story has a lovely, heart-warming ending. If you have not read this book already, it should be next up on your picture book to-read list.
Goodnight Already! by Jory John & Benji Davies
The best part of the book is definitely the subtlety. At the beginning it is obvious what role the duck will play…he is reading a book called “101 Ways to Stay Awake.” The juxtaposition of bright light and darkness is also a recurring artistic element. In this book a tired, scraggly bear attempts to fall asleep. His neighbor is an obnoxious duck who wants to spend his night awake and having fun. He thinks the bear should join him, and spends a lot of the night interrupting his neighbor’s sleep cycle. These interaction will go about as poorly as you can imagine for the poor bear…