Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Tammi Sauer
Illustrator: Guy Francis
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Bear is snuggling down for a long winter of hibernation. But other forest animals keep pestering him, knocking on the door and scooting inside with food and decorations. After each knock at the door, Bear grows more impatient. How is he ever going to get some sleep? With his den filled to the brim, a frustrated Bear is ready to tell the giddy bunch all to get out. When he sees the cause for the celebration—“Happy Hibernation!”—he realizes his friends are going to miss him, and he will miss them, too. And once spring arrives, Bear is ready to party again.
While the unique feature in Tammi Sauer’s book is the knock-knock jokes, the book is not just a joke book; the plot itself has merit. Although the jokes are corny, as knock-knock jokes often are, they each fit in the context of the story. The humor level is more likely to make sense to intermediate readers in upper-elementary levels, although younger children will also enjoy the tale. The jokes and other dialogue between characters carry the story without need for narration. Expressive and detailed illustrations by Guy Francis, the illustrator of the Clark the Shark series, also explain the relationships and action.