Where There’s a Bear, There’s Trouble! By Michael Catchpool and Vanessa Cabban

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This is a book that I picked up from Big Lots in the clearance wrack because I have an unhealthy obsession with bears. I didn’t expect much from it, but after reading it I found I actually really like this book! The authors incorporate counting into a humorous adventure to and from a bee’s home and a bear’s home. It’s really funny to see the different animals and hearing what they “think”. It is written in quotations so we are able to hear what they are thinking as they start following each other. Each animal thinks the other animals knows where food is that they like. For example, the bear thinks the bee is going to where there is honey and there are geese that think the bear is going where there will be berries. I think this would be an adorable Read Aloud. It could be beneficial for silent reading for late first graders to second graders maybe.


The illustrations are extremely adorable! The bear and the bee have humanistic features. The bear, mice and bee both have smile face type facial expressions. The colors depict a bright and sunshiny day. Nearly half of the page on each spread is blue sky. The way the bear is drawn to tip toe after the bee is HILARIOUS! I laughed so hard at this illustration. Also, when the geese see the bear, there is grass hanging out of their beaks. There are twirly lines that follow the bee, illustrating the bee’s path that he has flown. There is no white space usage. On one of the double page spreads the picture is fuzzed out around the edges, but instead of white on the outside, it is a pale yellow. The end pages show a blue sky with grass, flowers and the one bee.


I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend it!!

xoxo, Jade


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