Bug and Bear. Ann Bonwill and Layn Marlow

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Bear just isn't in the mood to play with Bug. She lumbers off to her cave for a nap but Bug buzzes after her as he thinks they are playing 'chase'! Bad-tempered Bear gets increasingly huffy and decides to hide from Bug instead. Of course Bug finds her and thinks it's an invitation to play hide-and-seek. And so it goes on. Each time Bear tries to shake off Bug, Bug - in his enthusiasm to play - gets the wrong end of the stick, and so each time adds to Bear's exasperation. Then Bear snaps. She tells Bug to go away and finally she gets to have her nap. But Bear feels bad for being mean so she comes back out of her cave to look for Bug and finds him floating and forlorn on a water-lily pad. Bear wades out into the lake and brings Bug back to the shore. 'You are my very best friend. Would you like to play now?' said Bear. 'I'm too tired to play,' said Bug, shaking the water from his wings. 'I think I'd like to have a nap.' And so they did. Together. A story that celebrates the resilience of real friendship - this is an important and reassuring truth for children to know from the earliest age.

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Ann Bonwill grew up in America. Her mother worked as a children's librarian so Ann was always surrounded by books and she loved to read and write stories throughout her childhood. After gaining a psychology degree and a master's degree in social work, Ann worked in a variety of social care positions in schools and hospitals and taught at a Montessori school. Ann lives in the US with her husband and young son. Ann is the author of Pocket's Christmas Wish, also published by OUP. Layn Marlow grew up in Essex. After studying history of art at Reading University, Layn began her career working in libraries. She lived in Belgium for several years but it was on her return to the UK that she enrolled as a mature student at Southampton University and received a first class degree in illustration. Layn now lives in Hampshire with her husband, two children, a hamster and a goldfish. For relaxation she loves listening to the radio, knitting and karate!

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Little blue Bug and little brown Bear become unlikely friends. Bear wants to take a nap, but Bug, with big eyes and a perpetual smile, wants to play, and buzzes all around Bear's head. (Bug's dialogue often snakes across the page in imitation of his flight pattern.) Bear lumbers off toward her cave and Bug gets distracted by some flowers. After counting to 10, he gives chase anew; maybe now Bear's ready to play! But no; frustrated and exhausted, Bear tells Bug to Buzz off! Go jump in the lake! and goes into her cave. But she tosses and turns and can't fall asleep. Maybe she should have been nicer to Bug? Bear finds Bug in the lake (that she told him to jump into!); he has been trying to be a water bug, and now he wants a nap. Just what Bear wants to hear; after a heartfelt apology, the two new friends share a snooze. Marlow's illustrations in gouache, pencil, watercolor and crayon have a soft focus, amplified by their being laid on a brown-cardstock background (like the inside of a cereal box). In vignettes and full- and double-page spreads, their gentle humor nicely enhances and advances Bonwill's deftly written tale. --Kirkus

PreS-Gr 1 This sweet tale of friendship and compromise offers nothing new, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Bug was being annoying, the text begins. He just wants to play, but Bear is tired and wants him to go away. She meets a series of animals who inspire different ways to try to get away from him, but Bug thinks it s all a game. Finally, Bear tells him to jump into the lake and goes to bed. Feeling guilty, she discovers that he has done just that. She rescues him, apologizes, and offers to play, but Bug is now tired, so they take a nap together. The text reads smoothly, and while it is not short enough for toddlers, children will sympathize with the characters. The mixed-media illustrations are expressive and appealing. Bear is simply drawn, with small eyes and eyebrows that convey her annoyance, sorrow, and worry. Bug is less realistic, with a blobby blue body, round pop eyes, and long, curly antennae, which also show emotions effectively. The plants and flowers have an almost Art Deco look, and the mostly earth tones are soothing. Marlow uses a combination of spot art, full-bleed spreads, and single pages to convey motion and propel the action. Friendship is always a popular topic, and the final solution and acknowledgment that both characters were wrong is refreshing. A pleasant addition to most library collections. --School Library Journal, May, 2011

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