Title: Hooligan Bear A Special Day
Author: Ian Toynton
Illustrator: Andrea Dietrich
Publisher: Smith Publicity
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.
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.
I would like to thank Smith Publicity and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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