Bear Came Along (Hardcover)
A Caldecott Honor Book!
A cheerful and action-packed adventure about the importance of friendship and community from a successful author and illustrator duo!
Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn't know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren't any fun by yourself, and so enters Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck.
These very different animals take off downstream, but they didn't know they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.
This hilarious picture book and heartfelt message celebrates the joy and fun that's in store when you embark together on a ride of a lifetime.
About the Author
Richard T. Morris is the author of Sheep 101, This Is a Moose and Bye-Bye, Baby! and a former E.B. White Award Honoree and Midwest Bookseller Choice Award winner. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
New York Times bestselling illustrator and Caldecott Honor winner LeUyen Pham has created over ninety books for children, including Sheep 101, The Princess in Black series with Shannon and Dean Hale, Freckleface Strawberry with Julianne Moore, and her own The Bear Who Wasn't There.
Praise for Bear Came Along
*"Perfect for listeners in story hours or on laps."—Booklist, starred review
*"Outstanding art perfectly complements the text...To quote one particularly joyous double-page spread, "Oh, what a ride!""—Kirkus, starred review
"...a standout choice for reading aloud."—Publishers Weekly
"Full of messages about seizing the day and learning from one another, this jaunty tale and its large-scale, immersive pictures expansively invite readers to come along, too."—School Library Journal
"This high-spirited tale is a metaphor for life itself, and "Oh, what a ride" it is!"—Horn Book
Praise for Sheep 101:A B&N Kids Blog Best Picture Book of the Month
"This hilarious mishmash of cuddly sheep and fairy-tale characters will have your little one giggling all the way to sleep."—B&N Kids Blog
"This is an exciting read aloud, and little listeners will not be disappointed as the story resolves--eventually--with sleep."—BookPage
* "Cheeky characters, onomatopoeia, and plenty of goofy action will keep the pages turning and force rereads."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"It's practically guaranteed that readers will go giggling into that good night."—Publishers Weekly
"Morris's over-the-top humor will delight imaginative kiddos."—Booklist
Matt Wallace’s middle grade debut is a fast-paced dynamic story of 12-year old MJ who dreams of becoming a lucha libre – or wrestler. This unconventional sport has been shared & loved with MJ’s dad, Papi, who is now no longer in MJ and her mom’s life. Hiding the truth from herself (& readers), MJ goes to great lengths to avoid seeing her dad. MJ’s poor treatment by her former gymnastic teammates has alienated her as well as the struggling to make sense of middle school dynamics. Finding an outlet for her joy, friendship and a chance of being in the ring wrestling to “storytell”, her next door neighbor, Mr. Arellano, has offered her a chance to train at his wrestling academy. I was totally enthralled by the deep character development and uber-realistic scenes Wallace has painted with respect to MJ’s relationship with her now-single parent Mom as well as the wrestling basics & behind-the-scene techniques. The secondary plot of a cruel and vengeful athletic commissioner who wants to shut down Mr. Arellano’s academy leads to a hair-raising climax where MJ needs to save the day. Girls who enjoy sports that may not be typically portrayed in MG literature will shout for joy with MJ’s perseverance, her can-do attitude, as well as her vulnerabilities. This novel rings as true as the bell at the end of a match – A WINNER! - Reviewed by Maureen