Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It was a cold and stormy night......

Quote of the Day:

                                   "Wear the old coat and buy a new book."  - Austin Phelps

It seems every time you turn on the t.v. or radio there are reports of all sorts of storms; downpours, hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms, active weather causing havoc all around the globe.  This book is the perfect choice to read aloud to your child at bedtime (or anytime) to explain to them about the fear of storms and the comfort he can receive from a loving, bonding sleep over with his parents.  I know you will smile and concur....storms can be scary no matter what your age or size.

Today's featured book:

Title:  The Bears In The Bed And The Great Big Storm
Author:  Paul Bright
Illustrator:  Jane Chapman
Ages:  3-6

You'll adore the peek inside segment....the illustrations are superb !! Really!!

My take on the book:

Can anyone remember laying down in your bed in the middle of the night with the pillow over your head and ears,  trying to block out the ferocious thunderstorm that crashed and flashed across the sky outside your window?  When your tightly closed eyes, your fingers in your ears and the added protection of your pillow just isn't enough,  your thoughts turn to ..... mom and dad's bed for safety and solace from the raging monster outside trying to come in and get you.

Bear and Mrs. Bear are having a lovely sleep when into their bed bounces a scared little Baby Bear, terrified out of his mind from the swirling storm outside their cave and totally convinced that monsters are about to attack.  A little while later Little Bear joins the furry huddle claiming he too senses evil monsters lurking outside and trying to invade their cave.  Low and behold, a few minutes later, Young Bear appears and he too crawls into the pile, scared out of his wits too.  Bear says, "You are such a scaredy-bear" to each of his cubs.  "There's no such as monsters."

Papa Bear, forever the brave one (or is he?), tries to console his family's fears and in doing so cannot settle himself to get back to sleep.  What happens next is very, very funny indeed and the tables get turned.  Will Bear succumb to the monster fears?  What happens to make him doubt his own advice and become a scaredy-bear himself?  You will have to read the book to find out.  Your imagination and a perfect storm can conjure up all kinds of terrors in your mind.....but never mind....storms do blow over and rainbows appear to assure you that all is well in your world and in this case your cave. I really loved the story and the illustrations were magnificent.

About the author:

Paul Bright was born in Welwyn, Hertfordshire and studied Engineering and Material Science. He used to work for a large chemical company, and spent time living in Switzerland, Holland and Spain. Now he lives back in England and spends a lot more time writing.

About the illustrator:  (both she and her husband are illustrators and do amazing work.)

We studied illustration together at Brighton University, graduating in 1993. Since then we've got married, had a couple of kids, and collectively illustrated over 150 books.
Although we work separately on our own commissions, we constantly refer to each other for advice when we get stuck. For instance, Jane is definitely better at perspective and providing cake, whereas Tim knows how to work the scanner and type an invoice.
We share a studio in rural Dorset, UK near the Jurassic Coast, with cows, rabbits, and badgers for neighbours.
Together we are CHAPMAN AND WARNES (a bit like Batman and Robin, but with less crime fighting and no capes)!
We would love to hear from you:

Book review rating:   8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!   May your day be perfect! 

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