Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*Review* The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep by Caroline Nastro

Genre: Children's Illustrated
Published: October 1, 2016
Pages: 32


There s no place like home when it s time for bed. When Bear can t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it s called the city that never sleeps. What's a bear to do? Caroline Nastro's gentle adventure and Vanya Nastanlieva's engaging illustrations are sure to comfort and delight!"


I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun story about a young bear who has trouble hibernating in the winter, so he takes a trip to the Big Apple and sees all the sights. But then he starts to get sleepy. This kind of sends the wrong message to children (that when you can't sleep it's totally okay to get up and do whatever you want until you're tired. Only adults are allowed to do that!) but I still thought it was a fun story nonetheless. And for me, the illustrations were reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh, I'm really not sure why. I rather enjoyed them though.

I read this book to my five year old and she said that it was a good book. She liked the part where Bear was in the house with his family and didn't like the part where he wasn't.

5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

Caroline Nastro was born and raised in New York City, where she currently lives. She is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theater director. This is her first picture book.
About the Illustrator

Vanya Nastanlieva was born and raised in Bulgaria. She currently lives in Cambridge, England. She received her MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in 2011. Her picture book, Mo and Beau, was highly commended in the 2011 Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration, and was published in 2015. This is her first picture book for NorthSouth Books.

1 comment:

  1. "She liked the part where Bear was in the house with his family and didn't like the part where he wasn't." How sweet. :)
    Hi Katie. I think this is a lovely book. I have reviewed it on my blog as well. :)