An overbearing older sibling can really be a bear, but the child in this understated, gently humorous story finds out that they can have their advantages, too.
"I live with a bear," the story's young narrator declares. The bear is loud, messy, uncouth, and very strong (too strong!). For some reason, his parents treat the bear like family, despite his protests. Why can't they see? Then he runs into some bullies on the playground. When the bear ROOAARS with all her might and scares them away, he realizes that there are advantages to having a bear in the family. In a delightful twist, the narrator's older sister (the bear) appears, telling him that she is NOT a bear. But if she is, HE is too--because two bears are even better than one!
About the Author
Maya Tatsukawa is a children's book illustrator and designer residing just outside of Boston. The Bear in My Family is her first book.
Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2020
★ “A thoroughly charming take on sibling relationships.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Tatsukawa puts a fresh spin on a familiar story . . . that any younger sibling should instantly recognize.” —Publishers Weekly
"Little ones with older siblings in particular will likely appreciate the boy's gradually shifting perspective, as well as the warm portrayal of the multifaceted nature of sibling relationships." —Booklist
"Tatsukawa’s digital art balances off-kilter geometry and soft textures, with our blackish, blockish bear lumbering around, appropriately dwarfing the brother . . . Younger siblings will find this a refreshing change from the many books portraying the new baby as the problematic interloper." —BCCB
"For a debut title, this picture book is very well paced, and nicely emphasizes how even children at odds can connect . . . Simple and sweet. A story that should resonate with siblings." —School Library Journal
"Younger sisters everywhere should relate to our protagonist's point of view—and his eventual realization: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." —Horn Book