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Can You Growl Like a Bear?

Reviewed by Katy Manck on May 23, 2013.

Click like a dolphin and howl like a wolf - can you imitate the sounds the animals make as they come home to rest? This board book invites young listeners to provide their own soundtrack to a bedtime rhyme as they relax.

From the cockatoo's squawk in the sky to the panda's gentle snuffle in the moonlight, each two-page spread features the signature sound of the animal in its habitat. Butler has a gift for painting extremely realistic animals which still appear friendly to young readers.

Making all the sounds that close the animals' days can provide a predictable routine for bedtime as the paired rhyming questions wrap up by showing all the book's animals quietly sleeping.

John Butler has also written and illustrated Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? board book which uses animal actions as a wind-down sequence for bedtime.

Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at

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