Jane Chapman is the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including Dilly Duckling by Claire Freedman and I Love My Mama by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson’s Bear Books series and Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. She lives with her family in Dorset, England. Visit Jane at JaneKChapman.com.
Why We Love It
It’s the perfect bookend to the original classic…for any kid can’t settle in or any adult awake at 4 a.m. thinking about their day, it’s the perfect bedtime book featuring one of our beloved perennial characters…what more could you want, except maybe to catch some Z’s. —Justin C., VP and Publisher on Bear Can’t Sleep
Toddler-PreS–Rhythmic rhyming verse brings a series of concerned animals into the burrow of a wakeful bear in a board book version of a popular picture book. Try as they might, the plucky crew simply cannot get their furry friend to go to sleep. Finally, the bear grows impatient and lights on a creative solution: he turns bedtime into story time, entertaining his companions and distracting himself long enough for sleepiness to kick in at last. Wilson’s evocative word choices and Chapman’s richly textured art convey a palpable warmth amid an air of wintry chill.
VERDICT Bouncy rhythm and rhyme coupled with a catchy refrain make this a surefire read-aloud hit.