Hooligan Bear A Special Day ~ Children’s Book Review ~


Title: Hooligan Bear A Special Day

Author: Ian Toynton

Illustrator: Andrea Dietrich

Publisher: Smith Publicity

Publication Date:

Pages: 32

ISBN: 9781601311313


From the Publisher:

When Hooligan Bear discovers that Little Louie has never had a birthday, he quickly comes up with a plan. He gathers the other bears together, and they set off for an exciting adventure at the bakery.


My View:

As much as I read, I am always looking for new books for my kids.  They also love to read, or more specifically to have Mommy and Daddy read to them (well the 5 year old is starting to read more on her own, but I digress).  I recently had the chance to review the new story in the Hooligan Bear series Hooligan Bear A Special Day.  I will admit, I have not read the original Hooligan Bear book, but that really isn’t an issue in young children’s books.  The book starts with a little background about the bears, but really it is unnecessary to the story.

The story itself, I am still puzzling over whether I would read it to my children or not.  It centers around a group of 5 formerly stuffed teddy bears that have come to life.  One such bear, Louie, realizes he has never had a birthday, in fact he doesn’t know what a birthday even is.  Hooligan takes charge of a plan to steal a cupcake from the local baker to give to Louie.  Do you see where I might have an issue here?  Also as part of the plan they bears tie themselves to a rope and repel from the roof of the Bakery to an open window.  I am not sure these are messages I would want to be sending my children.

The story is otherwise cute and the illustrations are top notch.  You, as a parent, would need to be prepared to have some side conversations about what the Bears are doing wrong and what a Birthday is and why it is important.

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I would like to thank Smith Publicity and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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About BrandilynRC

Brandilyn is a middle-aged (When the hell did that happen?) stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful children (of course she is biased). She started reading M/M Romance and Gay fiction in early 2012 and was quickly hooked. In her first 18 months as a M/M Romance fan, she read over 900 titles in the genre (not counting re-reads), ranging from shorts to epic novels. She reads across all tropes within the Gay Fiction genre…. except Regency, she has never found a love for Regency. A native Texan she finds Texas to the be almost perfect… except for one thing, their treatment of the GLBTQ community. This blog is her brain child and she is happy to welcome some fellow GLBTQ supporters to review here and help promote equality (oh and of course fangirl/fanboy over their favorite authors and works).

3 thoughts on “Hooligan Bear A Special Day ~ Children’s Book Review ~

  1. So glad that you read and reviewed this book, most of the time parents and teachers will just look at the cover of a book or allow their child to just pick out a book, that they want just from what the cover of the book looks like. Thank you for giving heads up on this book

    • Oh I know. My kindergartener brings home the strangest books from “Library” day at school purely based on the cover. Some of the best books I have read have the worst covers.

  2. I can see why a parent might have an issue with these bears taking a cupcake! I think that if this is a children’s book they story teller needs to be careful what they are conveying. I like the pictures of the bears on the cover.Maybe that is why they are called Hooligan Bears. They get into mishchief!

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