More Bears!
More Bears!

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Annotation: When an author starts writing, children yell that they want more bears in the story.
Catalog Number: #48190
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Cummings, Troy,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-402-23835-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-48400-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-402-23835-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-48400-9
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
An author writing a story with "absolutely no bears" caves to children's offstage demands for "MORE BEARS!" The bear population increases exponentially until the author demands that they all leave. The execution of this offering's meta-narrative premise feels a little forced. Cummings's illustrations have a humorous retro style.
Kirkus Reviews
Teachers and librarians searching for sophisticated read-alouds will find much to love in this bear-saturated offering, as will parents looking for a change of pace. As an author attempts to write a story, he is continually interrupted by children's demands for "MORE BEARS!!" Initially conservative in the number of bears added, he is soon swept up in the excitement of plugging in new kinds of bears on each page. However, when the abundance of bears overwhelms the book entirely, the author casts them out and tries to write a new story. That is, until the last page of the book: "MORE CHICKENS!!" Nesbitt expertly melds his wittily monikered bears (example: Admiral Haversham, the English dancing bear, and Excellent Steve, the bear who surfs) to silly humor kids will dig. It's difficult to resist the hordes of firefighting, space-exploring, juggling, flying, conniving bears that pack these pages. Cummings adds just the right feel to the illustrations, going from simple images to crazed two-page spreads. A welcome addition to preschool and early-elementary storytimes and a surefire hit. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
In this rollicking metafictional romp, poet Nesbitt's first picture book, the bald author of a story is interrupted by anonymous voices that demand ""MORE BEARS!!"" (""Were those the voices of children shouting?""). Initially grumpy about the intrusion, the author complies%E2%80%94with every page turn there's another speech bubble calling for more bears%E2%80%94until there are ""so many bears in the story that they couldn't all fit on the page."" In Nickelodeon-ready cartoons, Cummings brings the idiosyncratic, one-of-a-kind bears to life, including Astrobear, who ""was Bulgarian and always kept a hamster in his pocket, just in case,"" and ""a papa bear, whose name, by the way, was Captain Picklehead, and a bear named Uncle Sheldon, who was bald and loved to play the ukulele."" When the author finally decides to reclaim his story, any disappointment about the disappearance of the happy-go-lucky bears is mitigated by one last surprise demand for a story with... ""More Chickens!"" Kids will be shouting along with every request for more bears%E2%80%94it's a story that's made for read-aloud, though it's all but guaranteed to be a rowdy one. Ages 1%E2%80%938. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; The author of this story believes he has his plotline completely in hand as he begins. However, within three lines, unseen children begin to demand "More Bears!" The author tries to insist on his original vision, but caves in to their clamor. The bears begin entering the book, one by one, then in pairs, until there are more and more and more bears. The author then has to step back in and get rid of all the creatures crowding the pages. The bears are funny and charming, all with their own little quirks to distinguish them from the multitude. A father is called Captain Picklehead and Elbow wears his underpants on the outside of his clothes. Since the story is just the author/child interaction and naming the characters, the illustrations have to pop to keep the list from being overwhelming. Cummings's smooth, digitally rendered artwork does the job admirably. There is strong color on every page, and the bears are infused with zaniness and fun. The participatory refrain of "More Bears" will bring this selection to life at storytimes.&12; Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 675
Reading Level: 3.5
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 141427 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD630L

Once upon a time there was a story. This story was a lovely story with absolutely no bears in it-not a single bear anywhere. Then one day...


What? Who said that? The author of the story looked around the room, wondering where those voices had come from. Were those the voices of children shouting? Then he went back to writing.

As I was saying, this story had absolutely no bears at all. The author was very certain about this.


The author tried very, very hard to ignore the children who thought that the story ought to have...


Fine. This story had a bear. It was a cute little baby bear strolling through the book looking for-


Excerpted from More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt
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Once upon a time there was a story. It was a lovely story with absolutely NO BEARS in it-not a SINGLE BEAR anywhere. Then one day...MORE BEARS! KENN NESBITT is possibly the funniest and most sought-after children's poet writing today. When he's not writing, podcasting, updating his website (, or visiting schools sharing his wacky brand of humor with kids across America, Kenn can be found cuddling his collection of stuffed bears. He seriously cannot get enough of bears. Or chickens. TROY CUMMINGS has been drawing goofy animals pretty much nonstop since kindergarten. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers, in magazines, on websites, on frozen fish stick packages, and in hospital waiting rooms. He hibernates in Greencastle, Indiana, with his wife and cubs.

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