Picture Book Recommendation: BEAR SNORES ON

Cover of "Bear Snores On"Yesterday, while I was in the car with my husband, he commented that I never give any bad reviews on my site… And that’s absolutely true. I don’t take the time to give detailed information about books I don’t like. As of today, I’ll now be “recommending” picture books instead of “reviewing” them.

On to business… Today’s “recommendation” is full of party animals, just like my three-year old daughter, Amelia.

Amelia (dancing): “Let’s get on the party bus!”
Daddy: “You are never getting on any party bus.”
Amelia (sniffle, frown): “Waaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!”

Now, unlike my daughter, the party animals in Bear Snores On get to party all night until the sun comes up. Only they don’t party in a bus. They party in a cave. With a snoozing big brown bear.

“In a cave in the woods,
a slumbering bear
sleeps though the party
in his very own lair.”

What is bear’s reaction is to missing the party? Well, it’s a bit like my three year old’s reaction to missing the party bus. Except bears are scarier. But not too scary. After all, this is a charmingly-illustrated anthropomorphic rhyming tale. The upbeat rhythm of the story is lyrical, without being sing-songy.

Overall, Bear Snores On is perfect for animal, winter, and pajama storytimes, but not-so-perfect as a bedtime tale, unless you want to read it 40 times in a row. The story is the first of several books starring Bear and his friends.


The author Karma Wilson has a wealth of activities on her site, including an Imaginary Potluck and Bear Masks. The illustrator Jane Chapman has a few cute coloring pages on her site, as well.

Animal Planet has some videos of bears hibernating and preparing for hibernation. (Warning: The website uses Adobe Flash, which rhymes with crash. As you can see Flash and I don’t always get along well.)

Read Write Think has a great fact sheet on brown bears.

Bibliographic Info:

Title: Bear Snores On
Author: Karma Wilson
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0689831870
ISBN-13: 978-0689831874


Author: Nessa

Librarian for people with visual and physical impairments, and mother of two sharp-witted alien children.

8 thoughts on “Picture Book Recommendation: BEAR SNORES ON”

  1. I’m so happy to discover your blog! We are always looking for recommendations. We’ve heard this one at story time at the library and it’s a good one– perfect to discuss the upcoming change of season.

    I’m off to look at more of your recommendations and start putting some books on hold through my library’s website.

  2. I don’t review a book I don’t like, because I’m trying to create a resource of books to recommend to a special audience. Now, if publishers were me sending me books to review, my reviews would be more balanced. But, I have a specialty and I look for books. Your book is an example. And, you can never go wrong with Karma Wilson.

    1. Ooh, what a lucky yard sale find! I love finding hidden treasures. I need to go to more yard sales. I’ve only been to one or two this year, and didn’t find much of anything.

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