Cover image for Bearnard's book / Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Misa Saburi.
Bearnard's book / Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Misa Saburi.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Godwin Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2019.

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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
When Bearnard is invited to star in a book by the Queen of Storybook Land, he worries that he may not be right for the part, until his friend Gertie helps him discover how to shine in his own story.
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When Bearnard gets an invitation to be in a book, it's a dream come true! But as he reads up on what starring in a book might actually entail, he wonders if he's not quite the right bear for the part. With the help of his friend Gertie, Bearnard discovers that to shine in his story, he just needs to be himself. With sweet humor, charming characters, and a gentle message of self-confidence, this is the perfect story for book (and bear) lovers.- Godwin Books -

Author Notes

Deborah Underwood grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. Her father was a math professor and her mother taught English. After colege, she became a street musician, then she worked in an office typing memos for accountants. During her breaks she would write screenplays. She finally decided to write for kids. Deborah also started writing nonfiction at the suggestion of her publisher.

Her children's titles include: The Quiet Book, The Christmas Quiet Book, A Balloon for Isabel, Sugar Plum Ballerinas, and The Loud Book. Her nonfiction titles include: Mexco or Bust, Animal Secrets, 101 Ways to Save the Planet and Ballroom Dancing. In 2014 her title, Here Comes The Easter Cat, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this allusive tale, a bear called Bearnard receives a special invitation from the Queen of Storybook Land: "YOU have been specially selected to be in a book!" Bearnard is initially thrilled, but his excitement melts as he considers existing ursine texts in order to "do a great job" with his own. Anxious that, like bears in other stories, he may need to float ("I'm afraid of floating"), make messes ("Messes make me nervous"), or have his porridge absconded with ("I am very afraid of someone eating my porridge!"), Bearnard undergoes the three ordeals in preparation. When facing his fears gives him a nightmare, his insightful friend, the avian Gertie, sees her pal as he truly is: willing and brave. Readers will delight in spotting the classic bears that Bearnard studies rendered in books throughout the scenes. Saburi's illustrations, sweet rounded figures in spring tones, soften Bearnard's panic, gentling his worryriddled journey to discover that, in stories as in life, "All you need to do is be yourself." Ages 4-8. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.