cover image A Christmas for Bear

A Christmas for Bear

Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady McDonald Denton. Candlewick, $16.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-7636-4923-4

Bear is hosting his first-ever Christmas party in this addition to the Bear and Mouse series, but while he believes that “Christmas pickles” are the most important element of a successful party, Mouse is preoccupied with presents for some reason. Tension builds as Mouse keeps darting off, trying to find the gift he believes must be hidden somewhere in Bear’s house, testing his friend’s patience. Both text and art will draw smiles as this awkward holiday gathering unfolds, and especially as Bear’s frosty temperament begins to thaw. And, yes, presents—not just pickles—are eventually exchanged. Ages 5–9. Author’s agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary. (Sept.)