Saturday, June 30, 2018

That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle - OPTIONAL

That Bear Can’t Babysit by Ruth Quayle, illustrated by Alison Friend. PICTURE BOOKS. Nosy Crow (Candlewick Press), 2017. $17. 9780763699529


Mr. and Mrs. Burrow have a handful of children and are invited to a party for which they need a babysitter. Bear is the only one to offer to babysit and despite the parents’ doubts and the kids’ scheming, Bear does an excellent job. 

This is a sweet text about how we can underestimate other people.   The illustrations are cute and young readers will enjoy the trouble the young bunnies create. I don’t love that the young bunnies are sassy enough to also claim that ‘that bear can’t babysit.’ 

Jen Wecker

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