March 10, 2019

#BookReview for The Night Bear by Ana De Moraes Thiago de Moraes

Synopsis: After dark, the Night Bear goes on the hunt for his favorite snack: delicious nightmares. But one night, he almost munches on a dream of unicorns and rainbows by mistake--yuck! It might not be his cup of tea, but surely there's someone who might like it?

Prize-winning husband and wife team Thiago and Ana de Moraes present The Night Bear--the perfect bedtime story.

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About the Author:  
Ana de Moraes is an incurable storyteller and a creative director at the BBC. She lives in London with her husband Thiago and their young son.

My Review: This was the most adorable story about how to deal with nightmares.  I could see this book going to children who are having them.  I love the idea of creating a take out box to put all your bad dreams and fears in to leave outside your home for the Night Bear to eat.  The imagery was beautiful. And the story was heartfelt. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Nightmares 

"A bear who dines nightly on children's nightmares can't stomach a particularly pleasant dream. Every night the Night Bear comes into town on a bus and eats the bad dreams of children who are deep in sleep. The monsters and spiders and scary storms that torment kids' thoughts are delectable to Night Bear. 'Scary pirates being mean taste like strawberries and cream.' But one night, when the Night Bear unwraps a less-nightmarish meal--unicorns and rainbows--he sets off to find someone who might want this disgusting stuff. Tom, a boy who's still up, is happy to exchange his spider and snake for the unicorns, and Night Bear goes back to his bear friends with the story of his first encounter with a fur-less human child. The frightening meals are approachably toothless as written and illustrated by the de Moraes, and Night Bear is wide-eyed and cuddly, with a big heart-shaped belly. In its curved corners and moonlit scenes, the artwork couldn't be more inviting, and Night Bear's choice of meals is obviously a much-needed public service, as any child would agree. The front endpapers offer detailed origami instructions to make a takeout box for Night Bear, while the rear endpapers depict a bevy of tasty nightmares. Tom presents white. Whimsical, light, and soothing, like a pretty good dream that Night Bear would surely never eat."--Kirkus Reviews

"Troubled by nightmares? Leave them outside the door for the Night Bear, passing by on its nocturnal rounds, to eat. Night Bears find nightmares delicious, and why not? 'Monsters with hideous eyes / taste like burgers and fries.' 'Dragons with a fiery bite taste like / Turkish delight. / Scary pirates being mean taste like / strawberries and cream.' But how about a dream of unicorns and rainbows? 'EEEEEEEEUCK!' exclaims the Night Bear. 'That is disgusting!' Reluctant to throw a whole dream away, the Night Bear goes in search of a wakeful child who might be willing to make a trade . . . and finds one at last, before joining fellow bears at dawn to board the night bus out of town. The illustrator tucks tiny images of grimacing burgers, fire-breathing flying pigs, and like comically rendered nightmares into peaceful moonlit scenes of a big, friendly looking bear padding through residential neighborhoods in search of snacks. Along with step diagrams for folding a paper box with lid for dreamers to stash their nightmares in, the authors extend the rhyming by appending no fewer than 34 more 'snacks' complete with captions: 'A howling ghost tastes like cheese on toast.' 'Giant poodles taste like ramen noodles.' 'Vampires who like to play taste like crรจme brรปlรฉe.' Yum."--starred, Booklist

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I can’t wait to read this book to my niece!

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