cover image Bear Is Not Tired

Bear Is Not Tired

Ciara Gavin. Knopf, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-385-75476-7

Bear, first seen in Room for Bear, loves his life with the ducks, but when he realizes that they’ll be having fun while he’s hibernating, it triggers a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out). “So Bear decided to stay awake,” writes Gavin. But it’s hard to fight one’s nature, and after Bear keeps falling asleep during tennis matches and propped up against humming washing machines (“Every sound was a lullaby”), he gives in, awakening to a photo album that lets him share in what he missed. Contrasting Bear’s bulk against the ducks’ daintiness, Gavin’s watercolors offer humor and tenderness in equal supply, making this blended family irresistible. Ages 3–7. [em]Agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. (Jan.) [/em]