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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: Bears Beware by Patricia Reilly Giff

Bears Beware by Patricia Reilly Giff. A Zigzag Kids Book.

Bears Beware by Patricia Reilly Giff

Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: April 2012
List Price: $12.99
ISBN-13: 9780385738897

Review: Camping can be a lot of fun. Reading about camping adventures can be a lot of fun too. The story in Bears Beware is about an unusal group of kids that go camping together. This book may be entertaining to a young audience, like 2nd graders. Patricia Reilly Giff is an award winning author, and Bears Beware is the 5th book in the ZigZag Kids series.

The main character in this story is Mitchell McCabe who has an older sister Angel and a best friend named Habib. They are a little quirky but likable at the same time. They all belong to the Zigzag Afternoon Center where they go after school every day. The Center is taking them all on a camping trip. Mitchell is afraid of bears and throughout the story tries to convince himself to be brave like his imaginary character Gary Bopper. An additional story line is how his birthday is the same weekend as the camping trip.

Mitchell is paired up with a new kid instead of his best friend. Owen is a very unusual boy in first impressions but has no fear of the animals. Owen and Mitchell together help each other. By the end of the story will Mitchell overcome his fear of creepy crawlies and find a way to celebrate his birthday too?

Bears Beware has a lot of fun illustrations by Alasdair Bright. Her pictures help young readers identify the characters and the setting. The story is about everyday events similar to the Hank Zipzer series. The plot and events are those that could happen in any boy's gradeschool life but are unique because of the way they think or interact with other quirky people. Mitchell McCabe is funny, and without realizing it he teaches himself how to be brave in a scary situation.

Review written by David (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Bears Beware for this review.

Have you read Bears Beware? How would you rate it?

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