Baby book review: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

We're Going on a Bear Hunt book coverTilly’s review

This book is fun to listen to. It’s quite chant-y and the same words are used lots and lots so I like that. The book is about a family going on a bear hunt and my daddy says that the book really should be titled ‘We’re Ill-Prepared For A Bear Hunt’. Maybe because as soon as they find a bear, they run away and hide under the covers and if they were properly prepared for a bear hunt they wouldn’t have run away. I don’t know. I’m just a baby. The other funny thing about this book is the pictures. Some of them are in colour and some are black and white. I think the colour pages are the special ones and I like them the best.

Jen’s review

I see my husband’s point about the family’s preparedness for a bear hunt, though my first gripe with the book was about the cave. ‘We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, oh no, we’ve got to go through it!’ works perfectly well for grass, rivers, mud, forests, and snowstorms — those are all things you can go through. But if you go through a cave, then isn’t it a tunnel and not a cave? I do like how safety is found in hiding under the covers. This is why you should always sleep under something, even during the height of summer. Keeps you safe from bears, you see. Minor plot criticisms aside, this is a great book for reading aloud and I love the contrast between the colour and black and white pages. I wish Tilly’s attention span was longer so we can finish reading the book before she bats it out of my hands and tries to eat it.

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