There Are No Bears in This Bakery (Hardcover)

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There Are No Bears in This Bakery (Hardcover)


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Another one of my very favorite read-aloud books! I cherish this book, it’s truly a masterpiece: it is so beautifully crafted, and stands as a perfect example of how words and pictures can aid one another in superb storytelling! Our story is told by a local town cat, Muffin, who prowls the neighborhood each night, always on the lookout for anything strange that might require his investigative expertise…when, one night, bears show up at the bakery!?! Sounds like a job for Muffin!

(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel

— From Staff Picks by Isabel

The creator of the New York Times bestselling The Bear Ate Your Sandwich brings us another sly story of a hungry bear and a smooth-talking narrator.

A tough gumshoe of a cat--the name's Muffin--protects his territory: The Little Bear Bakery. But there are no bears here. Not on Muffin's watch.

One night, Muffin hears a suspicious noise. Mouse? Raccoon? Bat? Nope, not the usual suspects. But Muffin hears . . . growling. Could it be? Yup. A bear. Just a cub. Whose stomach is definitely growling. Muffin's got this case solved--clearly this bear needs some donuts.

In this wonderfully noir-tinged tale, Julia Sarcone-Roach gives us another funny story of a hungry bear in the wrong place at the right time. This tale is sly and sweet, with sprinkles on top.

"This delightful caper calls out for multiple readings."—New York Times
After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Julia Sarcone-Roach made her Knopf picture book debut with The Secret Plan, and followed it up with the highly praised Subway Story. She is also the creator of animated videos, including Call of the Wild, which was featured in indie film festivals and won several prizes. Julia lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can find her on the Web at

Product Details ISBN: 9780399556654
ISBN-10: 0399556656
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 8th, 2019
Pages: 40
Language: English
"A winning read-aloud.... Another hit from the creator of The Bear Ate Your Sandwich."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Moments of exaggerated animal shock deliver laughs, and the bakery havoc that follows is all that young fans of sugary chaos might hope for."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Young readers will adore the simple yet expressive illustrations. A cute and direct, yet elevated, tale." —Booklist

"The illustrations’ nighttime scenes are bathed in rich blues and blacks, with cool white moonlight and yellow streetlights adding shadows and just enough suspenseful atmosphere." — The Horn Book