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Book Review: Bear

June 18, 2020

My daughter and I reviewed an eARC book via Netgalley. It’s a children’s fiction graphic novel titled BEAR. It’s written by Ben Queen and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. We loved every aspect of this book. BEAR is such a wonderful story. Bear is a lab/golden mixed guide dog for his blind human, Patrick. One day unexpectedly Bear himself loses his own eyesight. Bear suddenly gets confused/worried about not being able to assist Patrick. While Bear is in a state of shock & confusion, raccoons take advantage of the situation by tricking Bear to leave his house. Bear’s adventure begins once he leaves home thinking that he will find magic to get his vision back again. Nonetheless, Bear ends up getting lost in the wild. While he is lost, he meets an actual wild bear along the way who assists him. Eventually, Bear finds his way home back to Patrick. The ending of the book is very sweet.

Bear is truly a loyal dog. We love stories where an animal is the main character. In our opinion, this is one of the best stories that we have recently read! We believe that children and adults will appreciate this book. We loved how the story was told by Bear’s point of view. You can just imagine and appreciate the little things in life that you can experience using your five senses. Those are the things that you don’t normally think about. You get a deep insight into the life of a guide dog through Bear’s eyes and a visualization of his mind. It’s a charming and beautifully illustrated book. We would like to recommend this book to many others to read when it gets published. We’re planning to purchase a copy of this for ourselves to add to our home library collection. We can’t wait for the book to get released on August 18th, 2020.

Thank you NetGalley and Boom! Studios for providing this wonderful graphic novel to us for review!