Book Review: Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear by Dianne de Las Casas, Illus. by Marita Gentry

Pelican Publishing has some wonderful titles out this Fall, 
and I am pleased to being you one, from a NOLA children's author today!

beware beware the big bad bear cover

Synopsis: A delicious folktale sure to make you laugh! Oh no, Maw Maw is out of the most important ingredient for her beautiful buttery biscuits- sody sallyraytus! She sends her family off, one by one, with a warning about the bear at the bridge. Follow along as they try unsuccessfully to get the sody sallyraytus home. Who knew that a friendly, and very hungry, squirrel would jump in to save the day! Readers can make their own fluffy biscuits with the recipe included at the end.

Review: Kiddo adored this book!  I was afraid that the subject (bear getting the family members) would scare her, but the sing song cadence of the story had her singing along with me, and rooting for the family pet! I should have known as Kiddo has quite a few of the author's books already! The story is based on an Appalachian folktale and is another winner from the author! your child will sure to be enchanted like Kiddo was! And it even includes the sody sallraytus (baking soda) biscuit recipe at the end of the tale! Of course Kiddo said we had to make them!

About the Author:  Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and recording artist, and the founder of Picture Book Month. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events. She is the author of many picture books with Pelican.Check out her website for moreinfo and fun activities for the kids, related to her books!
About the Illustrator: Marita Gentry is a professional artist whose artwork is featured in galleries throughout Louisiana. A recipient of numerous awards and commissions and accomplished teacher, she is involved in several artist-in-residence programs each year. This is Gentry's sixth picture book with Dianne de Las Casas. Their collaborations include Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The Gigantic Sweet Potato, There's a Dragon in the Library, and Dinosaur Mardi Gras.

Disclosure / Disclaimer:  I was offered this book, free of charge,from Pelican Publishing, for review on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to review the book. 



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