Patrick in a Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories

Geoffrey Hayes. Candlewick/Toon Books, $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-935179-09-2
This emerging reader graphic novel by the Geisel Award–winning Hayes follows a young anthropomorphic bear named Patrick Brown and his gentle, laugh-filled adventures with his loving mother and father. In the first story, Patrick and his mother go on a picnic, and Patrick makes various discoveries regarding blowing up balloons and bugs, and sailing a toy boat. In the second story, Patrick confronts the Big Bear bully with wits rather than violence. These two tales are interspersed with one-pagers depicting such topics as Patrick's disdain for nap time. Very young readers will have no trouble following Hayes's gorgeous artwork, and the eager-to-please Patrick sets a good example. Readers will find the most humor in the expressions, as when the mama bear is less than thrilled with Patrick's decision to jump in puddles. Ages 5–7. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/04/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 36 pages - 978-1-61479-304-5
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