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Ruby is in charge of this book. And she’ll tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one.

Ruby wants to tell you a story. A story with absolutely no bears. You don’t need bears for a book. You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles. And maybe funny things and exciting things – but definitely no bears!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Walker Books
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Allison Parker
Ella is writing this book, and she makes it perfectly clear that no bears are allowed in this story. Bear books are abundant, it's true, and Ella is sick of 'em. So her story is one of princesses, castles, monsters, and adventures, and no bears, thank you very much. So she tells a very nice traditionally fairy-ful tale, blissfully oblivious to one bear's vital role in her plot.

The only reason I didn't love this book was because I didn't understand why a bear would help with the "construction" of
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Leslie Nunez
No bear was written in a self text form The little girl knows she is in a book as a narrator/character addressing the reader. It has intrusions of a time and story. This book is very upbeat and thrilled book. Throughout the book it was very happy and full of joy and kinda of funny the little girl seemed to be funny but have something against bears because she didn't want them in the book she is in and that is what makes it very odd from other books because she wants to have control over her own ...more
Lindsey
This book is about a girl who hates when bears are in books. She decides that since she is in charge of this book, there will be no bears allowed in her story. She explains all of the things that should be in a story, for example, princesses and fairies. However, she thinks bears should not be in books so she says that bears will not be in her book.

It is ironic that Ruby does not like when bears are in stories because the bears appear on almost every page of her story. She begins the book by tel
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Selina
In the story No Bears, it follows a young girl telling her own story. She refuses to have bears in her story because she says bears ruin stories. As she goes about telling her story and incorporating fairy tales and being humorous in the background of the illustrations there is always a bear. The narrator that we follow along in the book never notices that there is a bear in the back of all her pictures and at the end thinks it was the best story because there was No Bears.

I thought that the ill
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Julia
This story is told from the point of view from a princess. She proceeds to tell her story but makes sure to mention that she does not want any bears to be there. They should have absolutely nothing to do with her story. As she continues on, bringing up bears multiple times, she tells the tale of her living in a castle and a monster trying to take her away. Then, she is saved even without the help of any bears!
I absolutely adored this book. I thought the narration was extremely clever and kept me
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Hannah Wolf
In the beginning of this story the narrator comes out saying that their will be no bears in this book. She states that every story has bears and she does not want any in this book. She insists that their will only be princesses, fairies, trolls and even monsters but no bears! The story then starts off with a princess just strolling along. In each scene you can see the bear outside of the actual scene but the narrator still insists their are no bears. Suddenly she gets captured by a monster who i ...more
Stacey Orlando
Ella is telling us a story; a story the does not include bears. The story she tells is a bit random: there are nooo bears in the woods, in any kingdoms, or in the story at all for that matter. Ella feels a good story relies on the presence of princesses and fairies and all that magical stuff. When the monsters steals away the young princess, the fairy god mother is needed to save her. In the end, the royal family and the princess all live happily ever after, without any bears.

I love how the auth
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Rachel
Little Ella sets out to write a book full of pretty things, fairytale excitement, and danger. She has one rule, there will be no bears! She emphatically states this over and over. As one might expect though, hanging around the edges, just beyond the reach of the story, is a bear.

Once Ella's prelude is over, she starts to create her story. Her book centers itself within the two page spread, and shares the page gutter of the actual book. From the sidelines the bear observes and even participates,
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Clare Cannon
With subtle, warm illustrations, this book is pretty much what the title suggests: a story with no bears in it—except to mention that there are no bears. It is not clear why Ruby has an aversion to bears, but she does, in stories at least. The best part of her story (which has a childish simplicity, is totally unbelievable and not at all intended to be) is the illustrations which are intricate and patterned, with lots of little details to spot and admire.
Kendal Dastrup
No Bears by Meg McKinlay is a story about a young girl who hates that bears are included in every story she reads so she decides to write a story of her own. She is super girly and talks about all the different fairy tales but always includes how there are no bears in the story and there never will be. In the beginning she mentions that she knows all great books include things like "once upon a time", "happily ever after", and "the end" so she includes them in her story as well.
My favorite thing
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Donalyn
A clever young girl decides to write a story without bears in it. Metafiction for the younger set with allusions to classic fairy tales on every page.
Richie Partington
Richie’s Picks: NO BEARS by Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge, ill., Candlewick, March 2012, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-5890-8

“Hi! I’m Ella and this is my book.
You can tell it’s a book because there are words like Once upon a time
and Happily ever after
and The END.
I’m in charge of this book, so I know everything about it --
including the most important thing, which is that there are NO BEARS in it.”

I cannot remember his name, but as I read NO BEARS to myself, I am so clearly hearing in my head the loud vo
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Sharon Tyler
No Bears written by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Leila Rudge is a fun picturebook in which young Ella declares that she is going to tell her own story. What will make her story the best, is that there will be absolutely no bears in the tale. There will be princesses, funny things, pretty things, magic things, and exciting things, but no bears! The story elements are fun and brightly illustrated, rich in irony as a bear plays some very important parts in the story.

No Bears is a fun story about
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Erin
Ella has written her own story, it has pretty things like fairies, princesses, and castles, and it has funny, exciting, and scary things like monsters and giants. Ella’s book has a lot in it, but the most important thing is that there are no bears! Ella is adamant about her no bear policy as she tells her story of faraway lands and a princess needing to be rescued, while all along there is a very nice and helpful bear hiding there next to her book. Readers will enjoy Ella’s story and find it hum ...more
Bethany
Summary: No Bears

Ella is writing a book, and she knows what sort of book it will be. Her book will have pretty things, fairies, princesses, castles, funny things, exciting things and scary things but most importantly NO BEARS. After all, "Every time you read a book, it's just BEARS BEARS BEARS - horrible furry bears slurping honey in awful little caves."

Then follows Ella's delightful story including, yes, a princess (Ella who has donned a paper crown for the part), a king and queen (who look rat
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Amy Musser
This is Ella’s book and she’s here to tell you that it’s a wonderful book because there are absolutely no bears in it. According to Ella, there are lots of things you need for a really good book: pretty things, scary things, funny things, castles, princesses, a monster, but no bears, not even one. As Ella creates her story, about a princess who is chased by a scary monster, it’s a good thing she doesn’t notice the benevolent bear hiding behind the pages of her book.

The fun element of this book i
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Caryn Caldwell
Ella likes a lot of things about the book she's writing. It contains princesses and fairies and castles and a lot of other elements she considers essential to a story. Best of all, it has NO BEARS. But what Ella doesn't notice is that behind each new page she draws, there's a motherly bear gently helping Ella's nice characters succeed and working to vanquish the evil ones.

The fun premise and beautiful, action-packed illustrations make for an enjoyable read, and new details pop out every time I r
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Courtney Huskisson
SO CUTE

I was drawn in first by the illustrations, but the story itself is also lovely.

It's very interactive (probably better for an older child). There is kind of two stories happening at the same time. You have the main narrator, but then there is a whole background scene that changes the entire book. The story even ends at some what of a cliff hanger that requires some intuition and creativity. Definitely great for conversation and exploration with a young one. Very cool.
Mary
Ella knows a book when she sees it: "You can tell it's a book because there are words everywhere. Words like Once upon a time and Happily ever after and The END." She also has definite ideas about what should and shouldn't be in them. Fairies, princesses and castles are in and sometimes a monster or giant, but bears are definitely out. So Ella crafts her story about the beautiful princess who is captured by the awful monster.

However, Ella's story is not as bear-free as she believes it to be. Whi
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Barbara
Ella loves telling stories, and she has definite ideas about what words and characters to use. For example, her story requires a princess and a monster and some funny aspects mixed up with exciting things. She has just one taboo, though: There will be no bears in her story. As she begins to embellish her fairy tale featuring a princess who is stolen by a monster until being foiled by "somebody" (unpaginated). Observant readers can see that the story she thought was completely free of bears actua ...more
Karen Arendt
Ella writes a fairy tale that has no bears in it, not one! She tells a story of how there is a king, a queen, and a fairy god mother, but not bears. She illustrates her story, too. The princess in the story is taken by a monster but is finally saved by the fairy god mother In reality a bear saves her. The illustrations show various fairy tale characters, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, the Gingerbread man, etc. In each page of the book within the book, there is a bear at the edge of El ...more
Ashley D--
I love a good cheeky picture book. This one is particularly good for storytime because the bear is on every page, even though the text says there are no bears in the book, so kids have a lot of fun pointing out that the girl is wrong and there's the bear right there. It's especially cute that everything good that happens in the book is because of the bear, not because of the girl.

A lot of the story happens in the illustrations, which is my favourite, because why bother being a picture book if th
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Julie
This is such a fun, clever picture book. When words and illustrations conflict, it's a recipe for exciting discoveries. References to the classic children's tales are thrown in for good measure (eg red riding hood, three little pigs). Older kids who can detect irony will love this.
Kristina Silverbears
Although there are supposed to be no bears in the story one bear is conspicuously present. An older child may enjoy pointing out that bear and exploring its actions. However, I do not think that the story of the girl who wants to have a book sans bears is really resolved.
Rebecca Ann
I love this book! A little girl named Ella decides to us a story with absolutely NO bears in it, because she doesn't think you need them, even though they always show up. As she tells her story, we can see in the pictures that a lovely, friendly bear has indeed crept into it, although Ella doesn't notice. Just when the princess of her story is about to be kidnapped by a monster, "someone" saves her. Ella thinks it is the fairy godmother, but we can see the bear's sleeve :). The illustrations hav ...more
Magila
I really enjoyed this. It was an especially fun book for little girls with active imaginations. The illustrations were great, and the story was cute and succinct. No real complaints.

It's a worthy addition to your home library.
Lindsey
Ella is writing a picture book, but unlike most other children's books these days, her book will not contain one single bear. She spends quite a bit of time clarifying where there are not bears in her story. In the end, it is a bear that saves the princess in her book.

This is a great book for teaching writing. Look how Ella restricts herself to the "no bear" rule and how it backfires. A writer writes and lets the story go where it needs to. Ella tries to control it, but her obsession with bears
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Melissa
I liked a lot about this--the artwork, the story-within-a-story, the line, "her father, the king, her mother, the queen, and her fairy godmother, the fairy godmother." I liked how much there was to discover, both in terms of what was going on outside of Ella's understanding as well as all the nursery-rhyme and folktale references to catch. Not quite sure though--when the bear grabs the fairy wand, is she stepping in and saving the fairy godmother who has neglected to keep the wand with her in ca ...more
Jessica Harrison
full review at Cracking the Cover

“No Bears” is a whimsical tale within a tale that works perfectly. Even while Ella is telling her tale, a sweet little bear is also making an appearance. And Ella’s tale itself is exactly the sort of story children make up every day.

There’s a great deal of sophisticated humor throughout the text and illustrations that will appeal to children and charm their parents. It’s great fun to see the story play out. And make sure to watch for some familiar fairy tale char
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