The Night Bear by Ana & Thiago de Moraes (Anderson Press)

The story inside this picture book is just as gorgeous and sweet as this front cover. 

Isn’t that bear adorable? There are night bears just like this one, who travel in a bus to sleeping neighbourhoods to collect nightmares for their dinner.

This bear walks past houses where children have put out nightmares which are bear’s favourite food. Each nightmare has a particular flavour. For instance, did you know that

Storms that bang and crash

taste like sausage and mash.

And, so the night bear continues chomping through monsters, dragons and other scary things until the bear comes across a dream that tastes horrible! What could that be? 🦄🌈

Well, at first he throws it in the bin, but then he doesn’t want to be wasteful. So, he decides to find someone who might like that dream. Not only does he find someone, bear gets a delicious nightmare in return! 

This is a unique and wonderful concept, it will be really helpful if your child is having nightmares and you’d like to read a delightful uplifting book and at the same time try something practical to combat those scary dreams. The front end paper has instructions on how to make an origami box to place your nightmares in and leave outside your door for the night bear.

This is the perfect book to have on your little ones bookshelf to calm the nightmare nerves before bedtime. Also a great gift idea for a little one you know who might be battling scary dreams. We loved this book and read it over and over again.

Mr.7 especially loved the rhymes which tell you what all the different nightmares taste like! The whole back end paper is a glossary full of dream flavours with cute little drawings.

Suggested age: Read aloud to 3+. Read by self 5+. Recommended for a beginner to intermediate reader. Check out my notes on reading levels here.

Published by Anderson Press, 2019

If you would like this book for your child’s bookshelf, check out your local bookshops, because bookshops are amazing places and should be supported to keep them open! However, the convenience of clicking from your comfy sofa is sometimes a necessity. In that case, Booktopia it!

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