Welcome back to the Sunday edition of Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the place that aims to speak to the reader in each and every one of you, one book at a time.
Today, we're bringing to the forefront a familiar name from the Children's Picture ebook arena that you've seen featured here quite a few times. You know why? Because I can, that's why! Just kidding..though still true. ^_^ No, it's also because her work is so much fun, keeps getting better with each release, and consistently grabs my attention in a head turning grip of steel. Don't believe me? Don't worry...we're almost to the actual book and you'll have your head turned in a moment as well. Ready to set your sights on today's featured ebook of choice? Put your brave face on as we meet today's imposing title choice...
Scary cover, right? ^_^ Okay, so NOT! I mean, it's un-BEAR-ably cute. Utterly adorable. Beyond the cutest of the cute...and that's saying something since her covers tend to be pretty darn huggable historically. Anywho, back to this beary cute tale...
This is the story of Walden Bear....a little boy who when presented with the question of what he wants to be when he grows up, answered simply....a BEAR. Unusual? Certainly. Impossible? Not truly...though his teacher would have him believe otherwise. (Bad teacher! Where is your imagination?!) Push comes to shove, Walden's mother gets involved (REALLY involved) and when all is said and done, suffice it to say that Mrs. Hunter (ironic name...as are the rest of the kids in the class considering their animal choices) is out...but Mrs. Lions is in! A perfect fit if I do say so myself.
The real glory behind this amazing story besides the obvious and the illustrations (LOVE THEM!) is the message. Ms. Dweck is notorious for including something for kiddos (well, and readers in general) to take away from the read besides entertainment value and in this case it's a BIG one...you can be ANYTHING you want to be! All it takes is dedication, heart, perseverance and determination, and you can achieve any goal you set and surmount any obstacle placed before you. Of course, it never hurts to have "mama Bear" in your corner as well (love her portrayal of the Mom character here), but you, yourself and I are the ones that will get the job done. Don't let others squash your dreams just because they say it can't be...if those folks won out all the time, we'd never have many of the wonderful things around today!
So, if you're looking for an adora-BEAR read that is PAW-sitively wonderful in both story and visual content, THIS...this is one for you. Recommended for little ones just discovering the world as well as those up and coming in number still finding themselves. It's a wonderful read with much to enjoy and filled with imagination to boot. Oh...and one more thing. At story's end, there are also some playful add in's and edutainment pages for further learning opportunities. Talk about a great combination. I can BEAR-ly contain myself. ^_^
Ebook for review courtesy of author Julia Dweck. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as her complete body of works, be sure to stop by her official site, or follow along on Twitter. To check out the wonderfully illustrated world of Walter Carzon, stop by his site. This title will be available OCTOBER 22, 2013 from Xist Publishing so be sure to mark your calendar and snag a copy from your favorite online retailer.
Until next time...happy reading!