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Children's Fiction Manners & Etiquette

A Visitor for Bear

by (author) Bonny Becker

illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2012
Manners & Etiquette, Friendship, Bears
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2012
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


"A Visitor for Bear has the feel of a classic, and it’s so cozy no parent could object to reading it aloud every night." — The New York Times Book Review (starred review)

Bear is quite sure he doesn’t like visitors. He even has a sign. So when a mouse taps on his door one day, Bear tells him to leave. But the mouse — who keeps popping up in the most unexpected places — just won’t go away! Cheery persistence wears down the curmudgeonly Bear in a wry comedy of manners that ends in a most unlikely friendship.

About the authors

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Kady MacDonald Denton has illustrated more than forty picture books, including the New York Times bestseller A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, and A SECOND IS A HICCUP by Hazel Hutchins. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Please visit her website at

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Editorial Reviews

A Visitor for Bear has the feel of a classic, and it’s so cozy that no parent could object to reading it aloud every night.
—New York Times Book Review

The lively repetition and superb pacing make this an ideal choice for storytime.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Charmingly droll, watercolor, ink and gouache illustrations, excellent pacing and the contrast in the sizes of Bear and mouse are a perfect comedic mixture.
—Kirkus Reviews

A surefire storytime hit, A Visitor for Bear won’t wear out its welcome.
—Horn Book

The characters are highly expressive, making the pictures fun, and the dramatic text will lend itself to reading aloud.

Simply charming.
—Menasha Kids Online

A book that warms the cold cockles of even the grumpiest heart…A great readaloud!
—SLJ Fuse #8 blog

A picture book at its finest… A delight on every level!
—Seven Impossible Things blog

Librarian Reviews

A Visitor for Bear

Bear is quite certain he doesn’t care for visitors. He even put up a sign. So, when a mouse raps on his door one day, bear tells him to beat it. But the mouse — who keeps popping up in surprising places — just won’t scram. This gentle tale of a big friend and a little friend features soft, heartwarming ink-and-watercolour illustrations.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

Other titles by Bonny Becker

Other titles by Kady MacDonald Denton