Sunday, March 26, 2023

*Review*What Bear Likes Best by Erwin Moser


Genre: Children's 3-6 years
Published: April 4, 2023
Pages: 32

The first in the series of three adorable vintage books of rhymes from Erwin Moser featuring a comical crew of animals.

The eagle’s sitting on her nest. A walk is what the bear loves best.     

What do a sheepdog and fox, a stork and a leopard, and an octopus and an ostrich have in common? The solution is simple: Erwin Moser depicts them all with ingenious rhymes and portrays them in typical and unusual situations in eleven playful spreads. Above all, the great warmth and clever wit of Erwin Moser is spoken via his illustrations. Through juxtapositions of two animals on each spread, he tells a whole story.

Like no other, Erwin Moser mastered line art drawing. His style with the fine contours and bright colors and the sophisticated rhymes make these stories a great pleasure even for the youngest.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This book is filled with rhymes, and the flow to create them is very smooth. It's not really a story as there is no plot, it's just kind of a catalog of various animals and things that they do or simple facts about them. It is a good way to introduce children to animals, but doesn't have much educational value beyond that. 

The illustrations were soft and wispy, focusing on the animals themselves without a lot of background included. A few of the illustrations included fun non-animal related items (like a cane and a knife), but for the most part they were fairly straightforward animal pictures. 

Overall I give this book 3.27 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Erwin Moser was born in Vienna, Austria in 1954 and grew up in a village on Lake Neusiedl. He trained as a typesetter, and in 1980 began to create and illustrate his enchanting tales. For more than thirty years he published numerous children’s picture books, for which he received many awards and was shortlisted for the German Youth Literature Prize. His books, imaginatively written and illustrated, are remarkable for their warmheartedness and have earned their place in the canon of German-language literature for children and young adults. In 2014 the Erwin Moser Museum was opened in his home village of Gols. Erwin Moser died in 2017.

Alistair Beaton is a book author, playwright and translator, living in London. He speaks English, French, German and Russian.

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