Can You Growl Like a Bear?

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This adorable read-aloud features appealing baby animals and a rhyming text that is sure to please.
Price: $6.99
  • ISBN: 9781561456673
  • Publication date: 08/01/2012
  • Page Count: 20
  • Size: 5-7/8" x 5-7/8"
  • Age Range: 2-6


This adorable read-aloud features appealing baby animals and a rhyming text that is sure to please.

From trumpeting like an elephant to howling like a wolf, author-illustrator John Butler delights the very young with this simple, interactive look at different animals and the noises they make.

Butler’s lavish double-page portraits feature wide-eyed animals in their natural surroundings. The simple text invites young children to mimic the animals’ sounds. When all the animals are quiet, readers are encouraged to imitate their animal friends one last time: “It’s time to gently close your eyes and fall fast asleep.”


John Butler


John Butler has written more than a dozen books for children and illustrated over sixty. His books have been published in more than twenty countries and won awards such as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award, IRA Teachers’ Choice Awards, and Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year. He has had a long career in illustration, working for a very wide range of clients including Time magazine, “Sesame Street,” and the Sunday Times. He lives in England.


“Large text curves gracefully through each image. Nature is depicted as ever-friendly, where frolicking, twinkly-eyed animals lope through soft grasses…This simple book will fit easily into any storytime or bedtime repertoire.” ―School Library Journal

“Although the text gently pushes its audience toward bedtime… there’s plenty here to keep a circle of preschoolers entertained in broad daylight.” ―Publishers Weekly

“With acrylics and colored pencils, [Butler] uses soft strokes of color and rounded forms to create large-scale pictures with immediate appeal…Children will enjoy making the suggested sounds and getting lost in the eye-catching scenes…this picture book is also a natural for sharing with groups of young children.” ―Booklist

“Making all the sounds that close the animals’ days can provide a predictable routine for bedtime as the paired rhyming questions wrap up by showing all the book’s animals quietly sleeping.” ―A Book and a Hug

“Satisfying toddler bedtime fare, filled with gentle rhymes, and with the chance to hear and repeat a different animal sound on every page. A good addition to any toddler board book gift pack.” ―Jen Robinson’s Book Page

“I can certainly see this being a popular favorite for all those beginning readers out there just starting to explore the world around them…as well as the parents and guardians who are cultivating our next generation.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2008

More Details

F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre I
Themes: Baby Animals, Movement, Questions
BISAC 1: JUV002000 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
BISAC 2: JUV010000 JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
BISAC 3: JUV009110 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Sounds