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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Living in harmony with your neighbor isn't always easy, but it's doubly difficult if you're a bear living in a New York City brownstone, getting ready to hibernate, and the kangaroos' tap dancing upstairs and Miss Cat's piano playing reverberate through the walls and floors. But Miss Cat has her own complaint: the cooking smells from the pigs downstairs. Happily, the wise ...more
Published by Pantheon Books (first published 1973)
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Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Fun & Funny Picture-Books About Apartment Living
It's musical apartments in this entertaining picture-book romp, set in a New York brownstone, and peopled by various animal characters. Opening as Mr. Bear makes his way home one chilly evening, determined to begin his annual hibernation with his family, The Brownstone follows the various apartment-switches engineered by Mr. Owl the landlord, who must contend with the Bears' desire for quiet, Miss Cat's distaste at the odor of the Pigs' cooking, the Kangaroo's tendency to hop, the Mice's fear of ...more
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Международният ден на детската книга продължава, така че нека да вдигнем още малко врява! Издадена за първи път преди близо половин век, Кой вдига врява? на Пола Шер и Стан Мак е истинска класика сред илюстрованите книги за най-малките, а благодарение на Радостина Николова и изд. Мармот най-накрая врявата достига на български и до родните деца. Няма как да не се влюбите в обитателите на тухлената къщичка на ул. Червенушка №8. Изключително забавна и разкошно илюстрирана, това е една вечно ...more
Dilyana Deneva
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата е чудесно занимание за семейно четене с най-малкия член на семейството (може би от 3 години нагоре). Текстовете са кратки и забавни и страница след страница сякаш редите пъзел - ако се сещате, от онези, в които размествате плочки на табло, в което има едно празно място :) Можеш да прилагаш различна логика, за да го наредиш. И тук приключението на героите е подобно. Шумни съседи (котки, прасчовци, мишки и други) търсят как да направят така, че да живеят в мир и поне относително ...more
Trudy Zufelt
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it

With winter coming, Mr. Bear and his family must prepare for their long winter nap. Just when they turn off the light they hear, "DO-RE-MEOW" from across the hall. With Miss Cat across the hall, the Pigs and Mice on the second floor and Mr. Owl and the Kangaroos on the top floor, it's nearly impossible for the Bear family to sleep at all.

Faced with a plethora of problem neighbors, the Bear family realize moving away isn't an option. Instead the neighbors try compromising by changing places in
Cindy Dobrez
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading this fun book reminded me of the logic puzzles I used to do as a teen. Trying to keep all the residents of this apartment building happy involves a lot of moving! I don't remember the 1973 original, but I love it when out of print books get new life!
Diane Madlon-Kay
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars
Krasi Karaivanov
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Забавно ми беше да открия Кой вдига врява?! ☺ ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cities, fiction, kiddo, rereads
City life means learning to find ways to live around each other. Unsurprisingly, I like this story.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Thought the story and illustrations were all right.
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Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The time has arrived for the Bear family to hibernate. They have eaten a good meal, slipped on their pajamas, and snuggled into their beds for a long winter sleep. All is fine until . . .


The Bear family cannot sleep with all the caterwauling from their neighbor, Miss Cat. Mr. Bear runs up two flights and knocks on Mr. Owls door (hes the put-upon landlord). Mr. Owl understands the Bear family must hibernate, so he shuffles his five tenants around, hoping to solve the problems.

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Peter Thompson
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solid little book for a 4 year old
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-2-read-aloud
Story is acceptable, but i quickly stopped caring which set of animals moved where in the apartment book. just too confusing for me.
Debby Baumgartner
It is time for the bear family to begin their hibernation but their neighbors are too noisy. When the owl have the answer for all those living the brownstone apartment house?
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