Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Aaron Blecha
Illustrator: Aaron Blecha
It’s spring and all of the animals have awoken from their winter slumber, except for one. Squirrel wakes Grizzle Grump, a hibernating bear, from his sleep. Grizzle Grump is grumpy because he’s hungry and goes in search of some food. He finds berries, fish, and bugs, but just in time for squirrel’s forest friends to snatch them away. He gets pretty upset, until he comes across those forest friends with all of the food compiled in a “1st Annual Rise and Surprise Bear Fair” for Grizzle Grump! They eat all the food and are ready for a nap.
This book is full of vivacious animals that children of many ages would enjoy, especially preschool-aged children. Readers will giggle at the illustrations and find something new each time they read, maybe even a squirrel racing down roaring rapids. The use of onomatopoeia and repetition throughout the book make this one a great interactive book. The text gets bigger, more colorful, and more exciting as the emotion of Grizzle Grump heightens. This book could also be used to teach adjectives to second or third graders, as this book is full of a variety of adjectives. This book can be paired with Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! by the same author.