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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows a sweet bond between father/bear and son. And at the end of the book they both clean up their mess together.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a playful book in which the grumpy dad actually turns into a grizzly bear, and back, which may confuse the youngest kids. Also, in the end, both the father and son, who have been very messy, have pigs' tails.
Is It Any Good?
Kids and dads will have fun with this book, GRUMPING when the grouchy dad wakes, GROWLING with the grizzly-dad, and acting out just how AWFUL bad table manners can be. It's all that sort of Dad-and-kid play that includes tumbling around and trying to wrestle each other off the bed. But there are also moments of sweetness when the boy teaches the dad to skateboard and the grizzly bear-dad teaches the boy to climb a tree and scratch his back. Then, as they both walk away, holding a broom and pail, and each other's hand, the reader knows that cleaning up is going to be just one more bonding moment of fun.
The text, which is simple and playful, is dotted with possible loud and growly sound effects that make this a perfect read-aloud book. And the softly-toned illustrations add a tender quality that is chock full of loving bear hugs, just right for Dad.
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