Book Review: Bug and Bear, by Ann Bonwill/Layn Marlow (Illustrator)

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Bear learns to
appreciate his best friend, Bug. Bear wants to nap and Bug wants to
play, Bear learns to appreciate his friend and in the end they nap
together. Ages 4-8

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Bug and Bear has some of the most adorable illustrations I have ever seen in a picture book.  The subdued colors give a sweet feeling to the atmosphere.  I loved how both Bear and Bug were illustrated.  

The writing was well done, but I didn’t like the concept of the story.  The subtitle is “A Story of True Friendship”, but Bear is miserable throughout the majority of the book.  She employs various ways of hiding from Bug, and constantly tells him to go away and leave her alone.  She is quite mean to him, while he is upbeat, cheerful, and just wants to play.

I guess the thing I had a problem with was how thoughtless Bear was.  A true friend wouldn’t be so rude.  If it had been passed off as a story of forgiveness, or a story of learning kindness, I think I could have liked it.  Bear could have been much more likable, and the same story could have played out in a more positive way.

Reading level: Ages 6 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing (April 1, 2011)

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