Bears & Boos by Shirley Parenteau & illus. by David Walker

Need a last-minute addition to your kiddos’ Halloween reading list? We recently discovered Bears & Boos by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by David Walker, and it is such a sweet addition to our spooky season book collection.

This sweet story follows the bears, as they tear through the costume box to put together their Halloween outfits. But some of the bears are a little overzealous in their costume search, leaving little Floppy with nothing to wear.

Bears & Boos is, largely, a book about the kindness of sharing, but it also is a wonderful celebration of dressing up in costumes for Halloween (which has always been my favorite part of the holiday). Our twins may be a little young to fully grasp the concepts laid out in the book (the publisher recommends ages 2-5), but they were still enchanted by the illustrations and the easy narrative.

Bears & Boos is available now. Here is the official synopsis:

The adorable bears are excited to dress up for Halloween — but are there enough costumes for everyone?

Big Brown Bear and the four little bears can’t wait to dress up for Halloween. Everyone grabs their costumes from the costume box, but — oops! — in the rush, Floppy is knocked on her furry behind, and now there are no costumes left for her! Fuzzy says she’s sorry and offers Floppy a golden gown. Then each of the other bears shares an item with Floppy, and soon she’s dressed like a queen — just in time for the parade! Shirley Parenteau and David Walker combine cheerful read-aloud rhyme and irresistibly charming art in another story for the youngest cubs and their big bears.

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