griz and bear it
McGinness’ book about a boy and his pet grizzly bear—we find out at the end that it’s his teddy bear, of course!—showcases her ability to illustrate using a variety of mediums: watercolor, pen and ink, collage. The artwork and colors are beautiful; I particularly loved how Griz was drawn in pen and ink, almost as though the little boy himself drew the bear into reality. However, I felt as though the pictures would have been appreciated more with the older picture book audience, and this book is definitely for the five and under crowd. The story line is simple and for me, uninteresting.
I love Jane Chapman’s artwork! I love that it is familiar in its’ sweet faced animals, her use of warm colors, the fluidity of her artwork in telling the story. (Chapman may be better known for her adorable pictures in The Bear series by Karma Wilson.)
“ ‘If you really are the scary Snorklum,” said Badger.
‘Why are your knees knocking?’
‘And your tail twitching?’ said rabbit.
‘And your whiskers wibbling?’ Added mole.”
Age: Preschool-2nd grade