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No bears (2011)

by Meg McKinlay, Leila Rudge (Illustrator)

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This book, filled with magic, monsters, princesses, and definitely bears, is one for the girls. It is a good book with pretty illustrations, however it did not strike the biggest chord with me. Ella, the little girl in the story, explains how her perfect book would go. This book great for alone time with a little one, but I would not read it to a whole class because it seemed a little generic. McKinlay and Rudge did a wonderful job, but it just was not my favorite. ( )
  Trock33 | Aug 28, 2014 |
No Bears is a good book that is dedicated to girls. Bears are usually for boys so this story excludes from the entire story. This book is like a modern fairy tale that is modern that good work is rewarding. McKinney has very good creative thoughtful illustrations. It has tiny bits of information from other fairy tales. ( )
  sabdelaz | Apr 14, 2014 |
There ARE bears in this entertaining metafictional, fractured fairy tale. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
Ella creates her ideal story that absolutely does not include bears. Stories should be about princesses, monsters, castles and fairies. This book has very busy pages for young eyes to enjoy. ( )
  ashoemak | Jan 16, 2013 |
This is Ella’s book and she’s here to tell you that it’s a wonderful book because there are absolutely no bears in it. According to Ella, there are lots of things you need for a really good book: pretty things, scary things, funny things, castles, princesses, a monster, but no bears, not even one. As Ella creates her story, about a princess who is chased by a scary monster, it’s a good thing she doesn’t notice the benevolent bear hiding behind the pages of her book.

The fun element of this book is that the text tells Ella’s story, but the illustrations show quite a different story. The text is written from Ella’s point of view and is conversational, spoken directly to the reader, making it a great read aloud book. Rudge’s illustrations are delicate and whimsical, using a soft palate and lots of fun patterns. The clever illustrations not only tell Ella’s story, but manage to include a host of other fairy tale characters, from Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel.

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/05/book-143-no-bears-by-meg-mckinlay.ht...
  amy-picturebookaday | May 23, 2012 |
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Ruby is in charge of this book. And she'll tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one. Ruby wants to tell you a story. A story with absolutely no bears. You don't need bears for a book.

Ella is in charge of this book, and she will tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one.

Ella wants to tell you a story — a story with absolutely no bears. You don’t need bears for a book. You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles and maybe funny things and exciting things. In Ella’s kind of story, there are no bears in the village or the castle or the deep dark forest or faraway lands. But there might be . . . a monster! Riffing on well-known fairy-tale themes, this fun, offbeat story is perfectly matched by playful illustrations with a running visual joke that will keep even bear lovers smiling.
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Ella tells a story with fairies, princesses, castles, and no bears.

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