Author: Tom Lichtenheld
Illustrator: Julie Rowan-Zoch
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 2020
Themes: grumpiness, gratitude, love, teddy bear
From Day One…
things have gone downhill.
Louis the bear has had enough. From day one, life has been one indignity after another. If he’s not being used as a hankie, he’s being hung out to dry—literally. (No one likes clothespins used on their ears!) This teddy is sneaking away just as soon as he can. Then again, no use running off in the rain . . .or during a show-and-tell routine. Maybe Louis has something to lose, after all. (publisher)
Why I like this book:
I don’t know about kids, but I can so relate to Louis’ disgruntledness. Don’t we all have days and weeks where it feels like we are being taken a wee bit for granted, overlooked, loved too hard? Those moments when we decided we’re just going to quit, even though deep down we know how good we have it.
This is a funny, adorable, suspenseful ode to the love of a teddy for their person and a person for their teddy and all the wild tumultuous emotions that come into such love stories. The humor is the “get it?” and “wink wink” variety and will demand giggle and ahs. And the illustrations are bold and heartwarming, as Julie manages to portray a bear that is grumpy and utterly lovable at the same time.
I think small children will grab their bears and ask for rereads on this one as text and pictures so authentically allude to the bond between a bear and their child.
Ask children what their stuffy might be grumpy about.
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