The Bear on the Bed
Reviewed: April 8, 2004
By: Ruth Miller / illustrated by Bill Slavin
Publisher: Kids Can Press
32 pages, $15.95
Taking well-known stories and standing them on their heads is
a concept that is a lot of fun to play with, and thatís what Miller and Slavin
have done here, taking a bite out of Goldilocks.
ďThere once was a bear
with a shaggedy head
who came into my cabin
and hopped on my bed.
He wasnít too big
and he wasnít too small
and I really donít know
why he came in at all.Ē
So says our young narrator, and thatís where the fun begins.
She starts going through a list of all the things the bear might have done
instead, each section ending with a new thing that he actually did do in
her cabin: snoozing on the bed, jumping on the bed, dancing on the bed, swinging
from the rafters, and several other things I wonít mention here.
The rhyme is contagious and the illustrations are wonderfully
comical. The book should be good fun to share with an early reader.