There are No Bears…or are there?

The title of this delightful picture book is There are No Bears in This Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach. However, the cover illustration suggests a different story!

I am writing this review during the Coronavirus pandemic. Most of the schools in the US, and possibly globally, are closed in an effort to slow (hopefully stop)  the spread. School systems are gallantly trying to keep students engaged. Many lessons have been uploaded for those with internet access. Students without access may request hard copies.  I have mixed feelings about all this. I’d like to see parents do a lot of reading with their kiddos. And kitchen math. And gardening. And yoga. Oh well, that’s a topic for another blog.

This picture book is perfect for parents and students while they’re home together. Parents, (and grandparents who have been called into active duty!) will appreciate the subtle play on classic detective genre. This street smart detective is a cool cat named…Muffin. Don’t be fooled by the cute name. This dude is all business and takes his job as “the whiskers of this neighborhood” seriously.

One night, the cat detective has to investigate an unusual sound. “Last night, after the sun rolled off the edge of the sky, a mysterious new sound rumbled over the windowsill. Grrrrrrrrrrr. I stepped out to investigate.” An so begins Muffin’s adventure.

The language is beautiful. The illustrations are true art.  If you choose, after reading, you can ask your child to point out examples of similes, metaphors, imagery, personification, and onomatopoeia. It also fits the bill if you want to talk about plot and character traits.

There Are No Bears in This Bakery is a perfect treat for parents and children who may be worksheet weary. The author, Julia Sarcone-Roach, is a graduate of RISD and illustrates her work. Treat yourself and your kiddos to this…perhaps while eating donuts!!


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