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In a high-energy sequel to I Am Bear, the dance-loving star rolls out a variety of dance moves and inspires kids to try some of their own. <br> <br> Get up, get down, <br> hit the ground . . . <br> <br> Bear's in a dancing mood, and his friend Bunny is happy to help out with the boom box. With moves like Furry Breaking, Running Bear (you run but don't go anywhere), and the classic back spin, who could blame observers who might want to bust a move of their own? Actor/rapper Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz team up again for a lively two-step with the multitalented Bear.
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  School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In this silly picture book, Bear demonstrates some dance moves. Starting with a take on break dancing, Bear shows off "furry breaking." His other dances include the robot, the foxtrot, the limbo, and belly dancing. The narrative is simple. For example on "furry breaking" text reads, "Put your paws up!/Get `em shaking./Get up, get down,/hit the ground." Illustrations are bright and colorful. The cover has Bear in front of a large disco ball. Friends Bunny and Squirrel appear throughout. The text and illustrations work well. When Bear eats his box of donuts after belly dancing and hula hooping with a large donut, he wants another snack. So he gobbles up Squirrel. The illustration shows Squirrel's tail hanging out of Bear's mouth. In the next scene it shows Squirrel running away in a blur of frosting. The text says, "Where you off to?/You can't quit yet!/Ah, he's dancing,/that's the Quick step." Bear and Squirrel are still friends. Later in the title, Bear, Bunny, and Squirrel are seen doing the Twist. VERDICT Recommended for public library collections or for preschool dance parties.-Robin Sofge, Prince William -Public Library -System, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Breaking in and out of a percussive rhythm, a big purple bear struts his stuff, showing off hip-hop moves and self-invented glides like Running Bear and Robot. He goes down low for a limbo, cross-dresses to shake it in a belly dance, and even calls in the old folks: One for moms and dads and whatnot? / Grab a friend and do the Foxtrot! Making a spectacular entrance dressed in the clothes I use / When I'm in a dancing mood (i.e., underwear), Bear shakes his ample booty to tunes from an ancient boom box fed by a bunny DJ, takes a break to chow down on a box of donuts, and then dresses up in a tux to tango with a hot-pink lady bear . . . who outlasts him ( Dancing can be tough . . . / I'm pooped! ). Bear doesn't have the moves or the grooves to make this a true storytime showstopper, but there's enough infectious energy to get young audiences clapping along.--John Peters Copyright 2018 Booklist
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