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No Bearsby Meg Mckinlay
Synopses & Reviews
Ella is in charge of this book, and she will tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one.
Ella wants to tell you a story — a story with absolutely no bears. You dont need bears for a book. You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles and maybe funny things and exciting things. In Ellas kind of story, there are no bears in the village or the castle or the deep dark forest or faraway lands. But there might be . . . a monster! Riffing on well-known fairy-tale themes, this fun, offbeat story is perfectly matched by playful illustrations with a running visual joke that will keep even bear lovers smiling.
"A humble bear is the unsung hero of this story-within-a-story told by Ella. 'Every time you read a book,' Ella complains, 'it's just bears bears bears — horrible furry bears slurping honey in awful little caves.' In the bear-free story Ella invents, which unspools within small color spreads that leave plenty of room for action in the white space of the margins, a princess is stolen away by a monster. Ella says the princess is saved by her fairy godmother, but readers see that it's really the friendly bear, lurking in the periphery, who borrows the fairy godmother's wand and defeats the monster. Rudge's artwork looks something like Oliver Jeffers's; her illustrations, Ella's bossy-pants narration, and the many cameos by favorite fairy tale characters all contribute to the success of this primer in irony. Ella's final claim that her story was good 'because there were no bears in it. Not one!' is countered by the characters (Red Riding Hood, a wolf) pointing mutely to the bear; a coda that gives the bear its due adds to the charm of the whole. Ages 4 — 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Meg McKinlay is a poet as well as a children's writer. She lives in Australia and divides her time between writing and teaching at the University of Western Australia.
Leila Rudge received a degree in illustration from Bath Spa University in her native England and now lives in Australia.
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