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Humphrey's Bear

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A classic bedtime story, newly redesigned.

In Humphrey's dream, his teddy bear comes to life and joins him on adventures by the sea. Featuring gorgeous illustrations by William Joyce, this loving story of Humphrey and his bear was inspired by the author's memories of an old Steiff bear that belonged to his father.

Unavailable in hardcover since 1977, this edition features a
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks (first published September 1st 1985)
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Matt Erwin
Jun 07, 2015 Matt Erwin rated it it was amazing
If you have a kid, you should get this book, it is beautiful.
Victoria Lewis
Oct 15, 2013 Victoria Lewis rated it really liked it
Humphrey's Bear is a story about a little boy and his bedtime bear. The story begins with a little boy who over hears his father tell his mother that the little boy is to old to sleep with a bear. Before the little boy can hear his mother's reply he rushes to bed and falls asleep under the covers. Once the little boy is asleep he dreams that the bear grows into a larger bear and together they embark on an adventure. During their adventure the little boy loses the bear and becomes frightened. As ...more
Dorothy Enders
Oct 15, 2013 Dorothy Enders rated it it was amazing
Humphrey's teddy bear comes to life and joins him on a sea sailing adventure. When a typhoon causes the bear to fall off the deck and into the sea, Humphrey dives in for his friend. Will Humphrey and his friend ever see each other again? I encourage all readers to go on this creative adventure with Humphrey. This is a great bedtime story for young children. It will ignite their imagination and encourage friendship. Readers will learn that we are never too young to sleep with toy bears or stuffed ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
Humphrey's father questions whether Humphrey is too old to sleep with a toy bear. Nevertheless, Humphrey snuggles under the covers with his teddy bear and falls asleep. The bear then becomes human size, Then Humphrey and the bear travel in a magic sailboat on to another adventure. Wahl's narration and Joyce's illustrations are excellent in conveying the warm and gentle spirit. This would make a good read aloud at bedtime.
Rebecca Hipps
Oct 11, 2011 Rebecca Hipps rated it it was amazing
This delightful depiction of a boy’s journey with his stuffed bear warms and comforts the readers’ heart as he/she is transformed into the happy days of childhood. The front dust jacket invites the reader into Humphrey’s dream world, swallowed by pillows and blankets, and once the again the reader recalls the feeling of being so tiny, engulfed by the peace and warmth of bedtime. This feeling continues as the book is opened and the blankets overflow onto the endpages. Full bleed and double page s ...more
Andrea Ference
Sep 10, 2012 Andrea Ference rated it liked it
Humphreys bear is a wonderful classic bedtime story for children ages’ kindergarten to third grade. This story is about a young child who sleeps with a stuffed bear. His father thinks he is too old for a bear, but when he falls asleep he has a dream that his bear becomes life size and they go on an adventure together. Through out the book the bear has wonderful meaning. He helps the boy become stronger and gives him comfort when he is afraid. I think this story is wonderful for children because ...more
Mackenzie Wilson
In the book Humphrey's Bear by Jan Wahl, Humphrey has adventures with his toy bear when they go to bed at night, and his father also had the same adventures. In Humphrey's dreams his bear comes to life and joins him on adventures by the sea. This is a loving story based on the author's memories of an old stuffed bear that was also his fathers. This book also has amazing illustrations of Humphrey and his bear on their adventures, which makes the book that much more pleasurable to read! I would re ...more
Linnea Lyding
Oct 11, 2010 Linnea Lyding rated it it was amazing
Jan Wahl and William Joyce have paired together to make a charming book. The pictures are rich with colors that match the emotion and mood of the story. The story enters into the wonderful world of comfort and support that a favorite bedtime animal/blanket can provide. Humphrey and his bear experience an adventure together as Humphrey sleeps, and when the bear falls out of bed, Humphrey panics as he goes looking for him. The ending provides closure to the open ended beginning.
Jun 24, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story about a little boy's affection for his nautical teddy bear—and the imaginative sailing adventures they go on at night. It's also about a father thinking his little boy is "too old" for such things, then remembering back to when he used to go on "voyages" with the bear, and perhaps wishing he could revisit those days--he learns his boy will grow up soon enough, why rush. Nothing original here, but good nostalgia!
One of my all-time favorite picture books. Fabulous illustrations, bizarre but thematic story; in short, I love it. Perfectly fits my favorite tenet of the Picture Book Proclamation: "Even books meant to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams." You should probably also know that I have a weakness for "child within the man" stories.
Aug 14, 2009 Jackie rated it really liked it
Humphrey is too big to sleep with his teddy bear, right? His dad says so...but, Humphrey finds comfort with his old friend as his drifts off into sleepytime. In his dreams, Humphrey and his bear have a great adventure, ala Where the Wild Things Are. In the end, dad relents, as he recalls his own adventure with bear.
Used for Teddy Bear Sleepover 8/14/09
Danielle Simmons
This book was amazing! It is truly wonderful and imaginative. It shows the friendship of a young boy and his stuffed bear. Although the bear is not real he comes alive in the boys dreams where they embark on an adventure. A beautifully illustrated book with creative illustrations. it shows that you are never too old for something you love and adventure.
Pynteya Bate
Mar 01, 2011 Pynteya Bate rated it really liked it
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Charming story about Humphrey, a young boy, who likes to go to bed with his teddy bear, which disappoints his father who thinks he is too old for that. When he dreams, his bear becomes bigger in size and they go on journey together. That bear provides comfort for the boy and helps him to be stronger. I like it a lot!!!
Apr 26, 2012 Jessy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Award winner
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IRA-CBC children's choice

I like this book because it allows you to go on an adventure with a little boy through his dreams. The illustrations are beautiful and help to bring that imagination to the reader.
Elizabeth Schrank
This book is very good. It is about a young boy and his stuffed bear. At night, the bear comes to life and the two go on adventures together. It is very imaginitive and the illustrations are beautiful.
Jan 17, 2012 Steve rated it liked it
Humphrey's father may think he is too old for a bear, but it's his father's bear, and during the night Humphrey and the bear go sailing and have adventures.
Jan 29, 2013 Bobbi-lynn rated it it was amazing
My daughter loves this book. She repeatedly asks for it a bedtime. :)
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