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Breaking news : bear alert
Other title(s):
Bear alert


Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
General Note:
"A Junior Library Guild selection"--Jacket flap.
In this story (told in the form of a television broadcast), bears emerge from hibernation demanding to be fed.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.8.


Call Number

On Order



Two bears awaken from hibernation and go to town--literally. During their visit, they eat at a diner, dress up at a department store, and stop a couple of bank robbers, all the while mistaking the townspeople's terror for friendliness.

Author Notes

David Biedrzycki is the author/illustrator of Me and My Dragon, Me and My Dragon- Scared of Halloween, and the Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series. He has also illustrated many books for young readers, including The Beetle Alphabet Book and Dory Story. He lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Better suited to individual reading than storytime, this picture book is loaded with comedic touches that make poring over the pages a lot of fun. The text is minimal, only appearing as the recognizable ticker that runs at the bottom of the television screen during cable news programming or in speech balloons over the heads of citizens being interviewed by reporters. The lack of a fully written narrative requires readers to really delve into the art to glean clues to the story line, a wonderful means for deep engagement. Two bears wake from their winter slumber and decide to take a field trip to civilization, having a ball while townsfolk run this way and that in alarm. The illustrations are big, bold, and delightfully busy. As the bears enjoy their outing, a secondary situation develops involving two thieves and a charming feline sidekick. The criminals and critters cross paths in the end, and the wayward bears are feted as heroes for actions that only coincidentally save the day. Kids will love the goofy grown-ups, round-bellied bears, and tiny jokes-like a diner sign advertising porridge "too hot, too cold, or just right"-embedded in the artwork, and they'll enjoy putting together all the rib-tickling pieces of the story on their own.-Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chaos reigns in this mock televised caper, when a children's nature show called Our Furry Planet is interrupted by a bulletin about two bears on the loose. The brown, cartoonish bears ramble along upright, try out binoculars acquired from the frightened Furry Planet host, and appear oblivious to the panic they cause as they dance in the streets and visit a photo booth. Biedrzycki (Me and My Dragon), whose illustrations call to mind Dan Santat's work in the Oh No! books, composes the landscape-oriented pages as a wide-screen, high-definition news broadcast, complete with man-on-the-scene interviews--a clueless mother is too busy with her phone to notice the bears; a diner cook explains his refusal to serve the barefoot bears--a scrolling blue ticker with updates from a Skycam 3 helicopter, and multiple security videos. Two burglars and their cat take advantage of the fray, as seen on video at a Paddington's department store, until the bears accidentally foil the crooks and are deemed heroes. Bear wordplay, puns, and children's book references abound in this romp, which comically exploits our cultures of distraction and surveillance. Ages 4--8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In Biedrzycki's third tongue-in-cheek Breaking News picture book, local animals are beamed up to a UFO. TV reporter Chad Newsworthy provides live coverage of the event, complete with eyewitness interviews and a news ticker across the bottom of the dramatic digital illustrations. When the animals return to Earth--"with goody bags?!"--readers learn "we are not the only party animals in the universe! (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

In space, no one can hear you party.Punctuating his story with special news reports complete with crawl feeds, Biedrzycki returns to the form that served him so well in Bear Alert (2014) and Bears to the Rescue (2016). Here, our three bear heroes find themselves unexpectedly sucked into a UFO along with a strange assortment of wildlife as well as farm and zoo animals. The action then cuts between the experiences of the startled creatures and the frenzied Channel 3 News reports for the people back on Earth. When at last the aliens land and discharge their guests, it becomes clear that these space denizens are more akin to Close Encounters of the Third Kind folks than Independence Day meanies: All the disembarking creatures sport goody bags from a birthday party that was truly out of this world (as memorialized on the rear endpapers). Rather surprisingly, the TV-news format feels fresh as ever, and Biedrzycki knows how to use its storytelling tropes to the book's best advantage. His Adobe Photoshop illustrations keep the action hopping and include such contemporary touches as smartphones and chyrons even as old-fashioned test patterns and a predigital TV (with cable box atop) make an occasional appearance.Considering the real-world 24-hour news cycle, these ursine antics amid the stars make for oddly comforting reading. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Chad Newsworthy and the News 3 crew from Bear Alert (2014) and Bears to the Rescue (2016) are back with a new scoop. This time, according to eyewitnesses, woodland, farm, and zoo animals have been carried off by a spaceship. Most of the story focuses on the television coverage, including brief interviews with experts and involved individuals. A couple of quick glimpses of the bewildered captives are inserted between clips. After a day of much brouhaha, the spaceship reappears and the animals descend the lowered walkway carrying party accoutrements. Chad declares, We are not the only party animals in the universe! and all is well. Faux photos featured on the end pages show that the shindig was a seven-year-old alien's birthday party. The crisp computer-generated illustrations range from brightly colored television images to dark, atmospheric night and space scenes. Although the humans dominate the story, the adorable animals are the true stars one wishes there were more party scenes and less news coverage. No matter, it's on to the next news cycle.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2018 Booklist