by Tosca Schauer
28 pages – ages 4+
Publisher: AbbottPress (January 28, 2013)
J.J. Bear was a teddy bear who was sad to be stuffed in a box and left in a factory. (J.J. was brought in by a the owner of the factory whose grandchildren outgrew J.J. and some other toys). Then J.J. met Charley the Company Cat. Charlie and J.J. became friends and J.J. told Charlie how sad he was not to have a home. Charley came up with an idea! He would push the box the toys were in over the edge of the shelf they were on, so somebody would notice J.J.!
The story of J.J. is adorable and would make a nice read aloud for parents and kids. The characters are cute and the the story reads nicely. I am calling the book a good book not a great book because of the formatting and the illustrations in the book. The book is a picture book and the pictures are as important as the story. First J.J. is drawn with a nose and he isn’t supposed to have one until the end of the book (something my little sister saw right away). Maybe it’s because I am a kid but, I like a talking teddy bear to be drawn with a mouth. I thought the illustrations were cute, but a little drab in color. There were also too many words on the pages making it look crowded in some places. This could have easily been a 32 page picture book. Having said that, the story is very good and I think any kid would like to have it read to them!