Bear and Bee
Written and Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Disney Hyperion Books, c2013. Unpaged picture book.
When the late, great Maurice Sendak says, "I Bee-lieve Sergio Ruzzier is a big BEAR of a talent," you know the book will be good! Bear and Bee is about a newly-formed friendship between unlikely creatures. Bear has a bit of an identity crisis when he feels that his large size, long claws, and big teeth must make him a bee (he's never met a bee before!), but Bee sets him straight and the two become fast friends. The illustrations are adorable, from the orange-sunset sky to Bear's stylin' red sandals. The text is funny and just right for beginning readers, making this a definite Geisel contender.