Zommer (The Big Blue Thing on the Hill) continues to illustrate with almost a naturalist’s eye for detail, and his digital art is textured with delicately etched marks and patterns—the leaves in his forest have veins and his bears are covered in hundreds of little hairs. Only by cleaning out does Bear realize that it’s friends, not stuff, that make a place feel like home, a message Zommer delivers with quiet humor and a light touch.
This delightful story is helped by illustrations that complement the text and are perfect for closer inspection. The sweet lesson about filling one’s life with friends rather than stuff is subtle and, in the end, stands out. A recommended purchase for most libraries.
—School Library Journal
Big Brown Bear can’t get comfortable in his new cave, and so he decides to try filling it with “stuff” like humans do with their caves…all depicted as a fine, wild jumble in Zommer’s woodsy digital collages.