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I Love You Already!

(Bear & Duck #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,153 ratings  ·  203 reviews
From the award-winning creators of Goodnight Already!, Come Home Already!, and All Right Already!

Bear can't wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. But his persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll . . . with Bear.

He just wants Bear to like him already. . .

Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The St
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by HarperCollins
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
This book is the story of the life in which I am the duck and my husband is the bear.
La Coccinelle
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I'm not sure what to make of this one. It's basically the age-old battle between introvert and extrovert. There's nothing wrong with the two types being friends, of course, but Duck's single-mindedness is kind of off-putting. He doesn't get the cues from Bear, and simply will not take "no" for an answer. All Bear wants to do is spend some quiet time alone, but there's Duck, quacking in his ear and being a general nuisance. When Duck suggests that Bear doesn't like him much, Bear reassures him th ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
"Ahh, I really love spending lazy weekend mornings around my house."

"Ahhhhhh. Perfect. I have everything I need to spend a pleasant day by myself."

"I like quiet time by myself. If you need me, I'll be relaxing by that tree."

This is what hell looks like.

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Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
Genius. Not a spectacular story (but a very good one, well-told), not amazing art (but vibrant, expressive, and apt), but the premise is a perfect fit for so many avid readers (and other ppl) that this ought to be a runaway hit.

Of course you, my friends, know that I am a Bear. I really could use a Duck in my life, but my family are all Bears, too. Maybe I'll meet a Duck when I move into a senior housing campus.

And there's an earlier book about these two? I definitely want to check it out!
Jaclyn Preciado
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
No means NO. This book (and this series) teaches kids that is you’re persistent that no can mean yes. Rejection is a part of life and young kids should learn about consent not that we should badger our friends (partners, family members, etc) until they give in. Duck and Bears friendship is a really twisted take on friendship.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've now read this book approximately 248 times, and I didn't like it at the first reading. The things we do for our children...

Speaking of the things we do for our children: I thought it would help Joe to understand the plot if I did funny voices for each of the characters. So now not only do I have to read it nearly every night, I have to read it with voices and drama.

Why don't I like it? Duck is basically a stalker, yo. He shows up at Bear's house early in the morning, after he's already spen
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Bear and Duck / Readers Searching for Humorous Picture-Books
Shelves: picture-books
That 'odd couple' pair of friends, Bear and Duck, who first appeared in author Jory John and illustrator Benji Davies' Goodnight Already! , return in this hilarious follow-up, as Duck attempts to rouse his ursine friend from a day of solitude, and get him to go on a walk with him. Unfortunately for Duck, Bear had been looking forward to a day by himself, and doesn't react with great enthusiasm to his anatine friend's many conversational forays. When Duck is injured (entirely through his own p ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed bear and duck in this book. I thought the illustrations were hilarious and I can see how kids would love this book. I also think this book has a lot of potential for teaching points for kids, if you need/want them. Both duck and bear show their affection for each other differently which is an excellent point to highlight for children. Bear is more of the quiet type and duck is more the assertive one. I think we all know someone who falls within this range close to us. To ask children q ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how this book made me giggle! I love reading picture books and am always on the lookout for great new read alouds for the students that I teach. “I Love You Already” is such a cute story and will appeal to all ages as everybody can relate to either Bear (who just wants to spend some quiet time alone) or Duck (who just wants to talk, talk, talk, and do, do do). This playful and perfectly illustrated book can kick start a conversation on the differences between introversion and extroversion. I ...more
A little more than one year ago readers were introduced to a bear who prefers to be alone and his noisy, nosy neighbor, a duck, in Goodnight Already! The mismatched friends have returned in I Love You Already! (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, December 22, 2015) written by Jory John with illustrations by Benji Davies. One glimpse at Bear's face (the deer caught in the headlight look) and we know some things (or a bear and a duck) never change. For those of you who believe in the po ...more
What an excellent read! I read this in a storytime this morning for the first time and it had me and the kids laughing and wondering what would happen on the next page. The grumpy bear really resonated with the (somewhat) grumpy kids. There's some great repetition in the book (the bear saying "No" to a Duck's offers to play, explore, etc) and the kids were all shouting out the nos in line with the story. SO GOOD. I will definitely read this one again. The second book I read was This Book Will No ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm developing a deep love for Duck and Bear. Mostly Bear. (Poor Bear!)
Fantastic way to talk to kids about how sometimes it's okay to want to be by yourself, and how two people can be together, not talking, and still be friends.
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bear and Duck are wonderfully opposite in an introvert/extrovert (or is it adult and child?) way, in this fun readaloud in which Duck takes a page from Mo Willems' Pigeon. Don't worry, Bear. I too like quiet weekend mornings with a stack of books and tea. ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This very humorous book is about duck and bear, who are best friends. All bear wants to do is spend a quiet morning alone, but duck keeps bugging him to go for a walk.

This would be a great book for a storytime.
Erin Murray
Lovelt sequel to Goodnight Already! with the duck and bear making an appearance again, another funny and excellent book by John. I look forward to reading some others ...more
Cute book about a duck who shows love by pestering his friend bear, and bear who teaches him that love doesn't have to mean spending every minute together. Nice art. ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be a fun read aloud!
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bear <3
Jul 11, 2016 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
Wow do I identify with Bear.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
would be a great Valentine's day story time read ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Depicts my reaction to unwanted guests!!!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
this was very cute
Lauren Drake
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This book follows the same theme as many of Jory John's book of the duck being active and energetic, and the bear just wanting a quiet and peaceful life where he can spend his time resting.
I like the bright and colourful illustrations by Benji Davies, however i personally found it difficult to engage with the story itself.
Deb in UT
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
Alena liked this book best of all the books we read today. I think it's because Bear keeps saying, "No," and it's a word she really gets. As a mostly introvert, I relate to Bear. I could use more duck-like friends. ...more
Melissa McAlvey
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, picture-books
This series is the best. We love love love them.
Patricia Ange
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Introverts life

So easily was written the problems that introverts experience being friends with regular folks. I wish the story had gone on to explain that Bear needed some quite time also (but maybe that's another book).
Suzanne Kunz Williams
Mm, mm, mm, mm, mm. Bear loves the quiet sedative life. Duck loves the active life. Duck frustrates Bear because he wants to do so much. Bear frustrates Duck because he wants to do so little. While I love that they are friends, I think Duck needs to get another friend or several other friends that he can do things with when Bear just wants to veg. I think then they would be much more happy with each other. Neither Bear nor Duck are wrong. They just have two totally different energy levels. And w ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The story is an introvert's nightmare. ...more
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Jory John is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.

Jory's work includes the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Good Egg, and the #2 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Bad Seed, both illustrated by Pete Oswald. He is also the author of the popular picture books, Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems, both illustrated by Lan

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