By Geoffrey Hayes
Toon Books, $12.95, 32 pages

Young children on the cusp of reading and those even younger will enjoy this brightly illustrated cartoon book, portraying Patrick, a young bear. Visually stimulating pictures accompany short text. Accentuated words help parents emphasize their reading during story time. The four stories cover topics familiar to young children: a nap, a picnic with Mom, a trip to the bakery and another nap. This book contains a helpful “How to Read” page coaching parents with tips on getting the most from the reading experience.

Reviewed by Lisa Ard