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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the story line is straightforward and simply told. Shaded illustrations accurately reflect the nighttime setting. Bean's antics can be interpreted as funny or naughty and may trigger reactions from youngsters.
Is It Any Good?
A playful black cat named Bean busily pursues a toy mouse in this enjoyable and durable board book. Children may recognize the amusing leaps and scrambles if there is a cat in the family. The concept of day and night is introduced along with the nocturnal nature of cats. The text consists of two-word sentences describing Bean's every move, and older toddlers may choose to join in the read-aloud once the text becomes familiar.
The dark illustrations are well composed and accurately depict Bean at play as he creeps, hides, scrambles, and sleeps. The mouse is a bright pink color, indicating it is only a toy. Shading in variations from gray to blue are used to distinguish daytime from nighttime.
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