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More Bears!

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  633 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
"Once upon a time there was a story. It was a lovely story with absolutely NO BEARS in it-not a SINGLE BEAR anywhere."

"Then one day...MORE BEARS!"

KENN NESBITT is possibly the funniest and most sought-after children's poet writing today. When he's not writing, podcasting, updating his website (, or visiting schools sharing his wacky brand of humor with kids
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Children lend a hand to the creative process in this narrative which has no bears. The author is pestered by the demanding wishes of his audience to include their favourite animal. One bear is not enough, two bears is not enough, so more and more are added. Dialogue is split between pages, always cutting off and continuing on the turning page. The narrative is ever dragged forward to establish a pattern of expectation, one which will have children eagerly shouting out "more bears" before the nex ...more
Joann Aubain
Oct 11, 2012 Joann Aubain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: numbers, humor
I LOVE this book! I feel it adapts to not only children but adults as well. The idea that the book is about an author deciding on how many bears to use in his book and that he's directly talking to the reader is very engaging. And the ending of the book definately took me by surprise and laughter. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good childrens book.

A learning experience I would do is have the children act out the story as I would be the author. The children would act out the differe
Oct 30, 2011 Shannon rated it it was amazing
A teacher on our staff adores Ken Nesbitt, shares his poetry all the time, and has been petitioning for him to visit our school for quite a while, so it was neat to finally see his work in print. I'd like to use this book in a lesson along with Interrupting Chicken, or in a lesson about the fourth wall.

I think the book is a four-star story, but the fantastic read-aloud nature of it bumps it up to five stars. Can't wait to share this with my class. The ending made me LOL.
Cindy Hudson
Dec 09, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing
Kenn Nesbitt is a master storyteller for kids. If you’re familiar with his silly rhymes and wacky poetry, and even if you’re not, you’ll want to check out his newest book for the youngest readers, More Bears!
The book opens with an author writing a children’s book when he hears children’s voices call out to him to add more bears to the story. Resisting at first, he soon gets into the mood of adding more bears. Pretty soon he’s got bears doing everything from strumming ukuleles and surfing the wav
Amy Forrester
Mar 10, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This story starts off deceptively with “Once upon a time…” But just as it’s getting started the book is interrupted by a cry for “More bears!!” The main character, the author of the book, tries to get the story back on track, but the cries for “More bears!” continue. So, despite his better judgment, he adds one bear at a time, then three, then six, until the pages are crowded with bears of every size and shape. But then the book is simply too crowded, so the author shoos all the bears away. When ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
A good book for children who might be bored by more traditional story books. The book doesn't really have a story arc and is on the more sophisticated end of the children's story spectrum so I think it would work best with slightly older children (SK-Grade 2) rather than preschoolers. I can also see it appealing to fans of Mo Willems although I didn't like it quite as much.
Sara D
Apr 12, 2016 Sara D rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great illustrations that invite examination and conversation! Also, the audience participation prompt will keep kids interested. Might try for Saturday storytime!
April Thompson
Jul 11, 2014 April Thompson rated it it was ok
This book exhausted me. The bears were cute, but I couldn't wait to finish as I was tired of all of the More Bears! every other page.
May 04, 2016 Inge rated it really liked it
Total hit with the kindergarteners today, extra love for the bear who wears his underwear outside his clothes.
Jul 21, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2015
Darling illustrations and a key repetitive phrase makes this an ideal read-aloud, however the lack of a real story arc or plot twist creates a staleness to the overall pacing. While reading, I kept waiting for something to happen beyond the author's clever trick of saying "more bears." I felt disappointed when nothing further happened, but some children may be content with simply repeating phrases.
The Library Lady
Jan 15, 2011 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is NOT a toddler book--though the pictures may make them giggle. But preschoolers and older kids--especially those who can appreciate the "Duck Amok" factor this shares with Melanie Watts Chester will have a terrific time.
Aldon Rau
May 11, 2016 Aldon Rau rated it it was amazing
On the surface, this book is about bears. I notice that many books on business management have similar conceits: they seem, ostensibly, to be about cheese, goldfish, the Wizard of Oz, Jesus, Dads, floor coverings, ancient cities, amphibians, and I don't know what. I will tell you what More Bears! is about. It's about getting what you want, whether it be bears or a successful career in business or another cookie or to be nominated for President by a major political party. Think of what you want, ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Maybe more fun than you can bear!

-Monty K.-
Oct 28, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
More Bears is a cute book about an author who sits down to write his own book. As he begins to write, he hears "more bears" coming from the children who think his story needs to include more bears. The author tries to ignore the children's comments and gets back to writing his story when he hears, yet again, "more bears!" Finally the author gives in to the comments and adds a bear. As the children's voices keep demanding the author to include "more bears," he adds to his family of bears until th ...more
Dec 16, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an entertaining story that is really fun to read aloud. It engages the reader and encourages children to chime in with the repetitive phrase, "More Bears!"

It reminds me of books like The Monster at the End of this Book, We are in a Book!, Chloe and the Lion, and An Undone Fairy Tale, with the anticipation of what will finally happen and the interaction with the reader.

The illustrations are colorful, cartoonish, and humorous. We really enjoyed reading this book together and I think it w
Oct 09, 2014 Melinda rated it it was amazing
Best childrens book we found in 2014. We love it and have read it countless times. Creative, fun, and the end makes us laugh out loud each time. Priceless way to spend reading time with the kids. This will be one they remember when the go off into the world. And I plan to purchase a copy for the house, we always have it checked out from the library. Next we plan to see what else Nesbitt has written. Thanks for making parenting so much fun at bedtime!
Ashley M.
Nov 27, 2012 Ashley M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, humor
This book was introduced to me in a room full of adults that interacted throughout. I can only imagine the impact it has on children. The book is teaching the idea of perspective as the author narrates his own story .Almost every page has a word bubble which indicates to the children to yell more bears when they see it appear on the page. Children learn to stay engaged through the book as the don't want to miss the chance to yell along with the book. The characters are funny and have different p ...more
Megan Piero
Jan 21, 2013 Megan Piero rated it it was amazing
This is a great story that is written in a way which innately makes it an interactive call and response book. It is about an author that is writing a story that has NO BEARS in it. Then, one day he hears the voices of children telling him to add more bears into the story. He adds a bear into his story but the children still yell out for MORE BEARS! He continues to add more and more bears into his story until there is no more room left on the pages to add more bears. The author is displeased with ...more
Sep 21, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it
If you seek a pleasant readaloud for preschool storytime, look ye no further. This book is it. Kenn Nesbitt has been using this story for years and now, at long last, it's available in book form. In it, an author attempts to come up with a story. The problem? For some reason he keeps hearing his audience cry out for "MORE BEARS!" Reticent at first, the author eventually gives into the audience's pleas and creates a whole crazy crew of tumblings, rumbling, stumbling bears. By the tale's end there ...more
Katie Parker
Jun 29, 2015 Katie Parker rated it really liked it
An interesting example of authorial intrusion (or ursine enthusiast intrusion?). This one was enjoyed several times by my almost-four-year-olds... Especially, the names of the characters introduced throughout the book and the twist at the end involving chickens... Spot on preschool humor!
Erin K
Mar 28, 2016 Erin K added it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a hilarious book about an author who keeps getting interrupted and told what to add to his story. It makes for an imaginative look at the writing process, as well as how stories can be about anything. It would be a good introduction to writing a book from the author's point of view.
Dec 31, 2013 Tima rated it it was amazing
The author is writing his bear-less book when he hears a voice "More Bears". He is reluctant to change his perfect little story, but the voice is insistent. Eventually he ends up with a story so full of bears that he can't keep track of them all.

The writer clearly has the gift for reaching children. My kids are in love with this book. But I'll admit that it's one of my favorites too. The story is hilarious, the names for the bears are funny, and the ending is perfect. The author and illustrator
A running conversation with the author, who is deliberating about the content of his next children's book, a work-in-progress. It uses the same ruse as the time-tested "There's a Monster at the End of This Book!", starring Sesame Street's lovable, furry ol' Grover. When you turn the pages, most begin with "More Bears!", the chorus of children in the author's head, shouting out at him for bear characters. The author adds more and more bears, getting more descriptive and silly as he goes along. Ev ...more
Leah Puckett
Nov 28, 2012 Leah Puckett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: counting, repetition
The book more bears is a cute book for young children to read about writing a book. It is a very creative and interesting approach to showing young children the thought process of being a writer. It shows them the thought process of what should be in the story. This would be a great read aloud book in which the children could use their predictions and repetition and say MORE BEARS when the time comes. This book could be read with pre-k through 1st grade.

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An activity I would do
Apr 10, 2015 Angel rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my son all the time. Kenn Nesbitt is a fantastic author and his work are constantly being read over and over and over [including my Hippo has the Hiccups and Tighty WhitEy Spidey] Right on the shelf with Shel and the good Doctor LOVE IT
Lenore Webb
Nov 14, 2010 Lenore Webb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
More Bears by Kenn Nesbitt. I have already been reading this one with Princess Emma and it is making top bids for the day. We start off with her asking for a Popsicle every day. Next she ask for a frozen cake (we keep Ding Dong in the freezer) and third is always More Bears please. The first time we read More Bears it took awhile to figure out the theme for her. But once it clicked then it was a giggle with each turn of the page. Next time we read it she started looking for each bear mentioned. ...more
Debbie Tanner
Feb 22, 2015 Debbie Tanner rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-book, funny
This is the story of an author being harassed by some off page critic who wants more bears in the story. It looks like an opportunity to have kids scream at you while you are trying to read out loud without any discernible plot. Not my favorite.
Cynthia Giraudo
Aug 08, 2016 Cynthia Giraudo rated it it was amazing
I thought that More Bears had a very simple story line. It wasn't complicated and the plot could have been written in a short paragraph , but it used very interesting words and language to interest readers.

Kids would roll around laughing at this book. I might even read it to my big boys to see their reaction. I particularly liked the last page, and although I thought I knew what would be on it, I was wrong.
Apr 02, 2016 Weatherly rated it it was ok
This was alright, cute concept, but nothing crazy special. I'm starting to see how narrow my children's book interests are when I say this, but I really think it should have rhymed. XD Oh well.
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Kenn Nesbitt is the author of several collections of funny poetry for kids, including Revenge of the Lunch Ladies, When the Teacher Isn't Looking, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! His poems have appeared many bestselling anthologies, including every book in the popular Kids Pick the Funniest Poems series, and anthologies from Scholastic with nearly 2 million copies in print. He is also th ...more
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