Title: I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today
Author: Jancee Dunn Illustrated: Scott Nash
Recommended for: students in grades K-5, either as a readaloud or independent reading. This would be a great choice for parents who are looking for a book to read to a classroom.
Pages: unpaged (probably 32 p.)
Call Number/Link: E DUNN, J.
When a teddy bear invites his stuffed animal friends to a party at his house while the humans are away, they have a wild time and the police arrive on the scene.
There I was, thinking that stuffed animals spent their days resting, just waiting for their owners to come home from school. Thanks to this expose, I now know the truth. I did NOT imagine that the empty house had gotten more messy during the day. It seems that teddy bears and their stuffed animal companions make pancakes, jump on the bed, and even (gasp) play dress-up with their owner’s clothes.
Children who are old enough to “get” this book will find it very funny. First, just the idea of “stuffed animals gone wild” is funny. Second, the animals’ activity choices make total sense. With the exception of bathing in chocolate syrup, this could be a child’s dream party – and the activities make total sense for stuffed animals too.
I imagine this book being read in a very straightforward understated “just the facts ma’am” manner. I think the deadpan delivery would be a good counterpoint to the story’s chaos. However, I can also imagine it being read in a more excited, “can you BELIEVE what they just did?” way. That could also be very effective.
Or the reader can just read it without any thought of presentation or delivery and it still would be fine. It’s that funny a book.