Book Reviews

Bear – Review

Hey friends! How’s your reading journey going on? 📚📚
I’ve lost my “June TBR Challenge” quite comfortably. I’ve read just three books out of 35! 😭😭

My review for the day is of Ben Queen’s “Bear”.

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Once, I even bent a coin with my teeth!

About the book

Bear is a guide dog who would do anything for his owner and best friend Patrick who is blind. But when Bear suddenly loses his vision, he worries he’s lost his purpose in life—protecting Patrick!

Following the misguided advice from some self-serving raccoons, Bear embarks on a transformative journey to regain his eyesight. Out of both necessity and survival, he learns to tap into his other senses and begins to see the world from a new perspective that is at times more rich and colorful than the world he’s always known.

Writer Ben Queen (Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 and Cars 3) draws inspiration from real life stories of how memory can influence how we recall our own surroundings, and artist Joe Todd-Stanton (A Mouse Called Julian) lovingly renders an unforgettable story of one dog’s grand adventure from the wooded countryside to the heart of Manhattan where he encounters new friends and discovers his true calling.

 

Review

The story of a guide dog who helps a blind man, but later on gets himself blind, Bear is an inspirational – friendship story that takes the reader to the journey of Bear, a hybrid of Chocolate Labrador and Golden Retriever, who is selected to take care of Patrick, a blind man. Everything in his life goes smooth – until one unlucky day – he suddenly loses his vision and gets first-hand experience of Patrick’s condition. He gets scared of losing his place in Patrick’s life, and so he, without knowledge of Patrick, gets out on a transformative journey of getting his eyesight back.

I personally loved Bear and Patrick, the main characters of the book. Patrick, although permanently blind, is happy with his life of repairing and servicing vending machines. And he gets more happy when he gets Bear as his guide dog. He takes care of Bear like his own family and Bear is happy with him. When Bear loses his eyesight, he gets help from the raccoons who live underneath Patrick’s home. Unknown to Bear, the raccoons play with him and don’t help him at all, leaving him in the forest, alone, to survive the anger and hunger of the bears.

The author has written this book majorly for children, but this book is for all age groups. So inspiring and full of life and energy, this book shines for Bear’s never-say-die attitude and fearlessness and for Patrick’s never-ending quest of finding Bear. Other characters, like the raccoons, the bear trio and Meg, play their roles comfortably when asked. Bear’s fear of losing Patrick makes him face many hurdles, but with the help of Stone and Andromeda (a bat), he faces them and gets injured many times.

Dogs lead sheltered lives. Some even live in actual quarters.

But what was unnecessary in this book, according to me that made the book go off-track, was the raccoons part and a collaboration between Stone’s brothers and the raccoons. The author has unnecessarily expanded the book by making these two character arcs. Remove them, and one will get a minimum of ten pages gone & the book will get back on track.

Verdict

In the end, I have to say that Bear is one of my best children’s book reads. It’s a combination of friendship, inspiration and transformation and shines brightly. I loved the book and will definitely recommend it to other bibliophiles! ❤️

Title: Bear
Author: Ben Queen
Publisher: Archaia Books
Rating: 9/10 ❤️

 

*Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for a honest review.* 

You can check out Bear at NetGalley.

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