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There are no bears in this bakery / Julia Sarcone-Roach.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
When Muffin, a cat, hears a suspicious noise at the Little Bear Bakery, his investigation reveals a hungry bear cub.


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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.

Author Notes

After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, JULIA SARCONE-ROACH made her Knopf picture-book debut with The Secret Plan and then the highly praised Subway Story. Her book The Bear Ate Your Sandwich was an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award winner and a Horn Book Fanfare selection. Julia lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can find her on the web at or follow her on Facebook and Instagram at Julia Sarcone-Roach and on Twitter at @HousecatManor.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sarcone-Roach (The Bear Ate Your Sandwich) returns to snacking bears in this sly comic mystery that stars an orange cat named Muffin. Narrator Muffin doesn't guard Little Bear Bakery, exactly. She does regularly investigate, however, identifying the noises of animals roaming nearby ("Clang crash crunch crunch is the raccoons in the dumpster"). One night, hearing a new sound ("Grrrrrrrrrrr"), she slips into the bakery to check things out. Little Bear Bakery has its own little bear intruder. Sarcone-Roach paints Muffin's tail in feline alarm mode, three times its normal size, and the cat's powers of observation shine: "Up close, the bear smelled like old socks, cinnamon, and adventure." Soon another, even larger bear appears behind her ("I had a tail. I mean, my tail had a tail"). Freely stroked Prussian blue and black nighttime scenes play up the kitty-cat noir theme with ominous shadows and stray beams of light. Moments of exaggerated animal shock deliver laughs, and the bakery havoc that follows is all that young fans of sugary chaos might hope for. Far from being threatened, the lithe detective experiences a bear hug and gets to oversee a gluttonous night shift before slinking off for a nap. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.