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Over, Bear! Under, Where?

Over, Bear! Under, Where?

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A hilariously clever story of wordplay and unexpected friendship, perfect for fans of 7 Ate 9 and Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.

Over and Under are two friends, and they're enjoying a day at the park. They go on the swings (Over goes over Under) and the seesaw (Under is under Over). They meet a hot-dog dog (who joins them for a hot dog). And then they spot . . . a bear! (Unbearable!) But is he really the overall scary creature they first understand him to be?

In this hilariously punny story that will have readers laughing out loud as they pick apart the wordplay, a pair of pals overcome their fears as they discover that friendship underpins all.

Praise for Over, Bear! Under, Where?

I adore this book. Am Over Come with emotion . . . er laughter. It's Jeff Mack on steroids, and every English teacher from kindergarten up to college needs to have it. THAT good. --Jane Yolen, bestselling and award-winning author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

The absurdity of the premise, which swings around to fit the wordplay, will elicit laughs, while the wordplay will entertain and challenge younger readers. --BCCB

A whimsical 'Who's on First'-like picture book . . . that earns its giggles. --Publishers Weekly

Author: Julie Hedlund
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published: 11/09/2021
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 11.02h x 8.66w x 0.39d
ISBN: 9780593203552
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 07/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 08/09/2021
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2021

About the Author
Julie Hedlund ( Julie Hedlund is an award-winning children's picture book author who spends much of her time inside her own imagination. When she is not writing or reading, she enjoys playing in the mountains near her home in Boulder, CO. She lives with her two teenage children and their high-maintenance hound dog. You can follow Julie on Twitter @juliefhedlund.

Michael Slack ( is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers, including Kitties on Dinosaurs, Dragon Meets Boy, and Shorty & Clem. His art and character design has been featured in books, television, and games. He lives with his family in the Bay Area of California. You can follow Michael on Instagram @michael_slackart.
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