Bear in Love, by Daniel Pinkwater and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

Daniel Pinkwater has long been a favorite author of mine, with his books for middle graders and early middle graders such as Lizard Music and The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, and picture storybooks for younger readers such as The Wuggie Norple Story (illustrated by Tomie dePaola), and The Big Orange Splot. Now a new Pinkwater is available, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. To have both of these seemingly different talents in one cover–Pinkwater with his quirky humor, and Hillenbrand with his softly expressive illustrations–is a coup.

The result is Bear in Love, and I fell in love with this book immediately. The generous nature of the characters and concern for others, regardless of who they are, is quietly suggested in this book. And, as a treat, Hillenbrand has created a YouTube (below) demonstrating how he created the art for Bear in Love. You can also learn more at Will Hillenbrand’s website, especially about his books, and activities for his books.

For another treat, go to Daniel Pinkwater’s website. This site is full of surprises with not only a blog, but also free audio books (Pinkwater reading his books!). Alas, a Bear in Love reading is not available yet, but we can hope and continue to check.

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