Bears Beware by Patricia Reilly GiffBears Beware by Patricia Reilly Giff

Bears Beware

byPatricia Reilly Giff

Paperback | April 10, 2012

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Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave, and scare the bears away!
As the fifth book in the Zigzag Kids series—which also includes Number One Kid, Big Whopper, Flying Feet, and Star TimeBears Beware continues to delight readers with award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff's quirky, lovable group of kids, capturing all the excitement and surprises of new friends and after-school fun.
PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books. Her novels for older readers include the Newbery Honor Books Lily's Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods, and Willow Run, a companion to Lily's Crossing. Her most recent books are the novels Storyteller and Wild G...
Title:Bears BewareFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 7.63 × 5.25 × 0.19 inPublished:April 10, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375859136

ISBN - 13:9780375859137

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 9


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me for his reader. He is becoming fond of reading on the Kindle. Giff is popular for writing several of this sort of early chapter book series featuring a group of children and their adventures. This is our first time reading a Zigzag Kids book and we had no problem jumping into book 5. Presumably, it is like her other series in which there is no continuous story and no need to read the books in any particular order. I wish more books had the actual reading level on them so I could see how my reading disabled son is doing but this was somewhat hard for him, depending on the day. He wouldn't have been able to read it without my help, but it was easy enough that he did not find it frustrating at all. He enjoyed the story, though not overly much. I think I enjoyed more than he did. I know he related to the story since he is afraid of what camping will be like and is gearing up for his first sleep over, which he is not looking forward to at all. The story did make these issues seem less frightening than he has thought them to be. I enjoyed the camaraderie between the children and adults. Everyone was pleasant and there was no backtalk, nor did the children have attitudes. The group of children in this series is large and while Mitchell is the main character in this book, I can surmise that different books would feature different characters, though bringing everyone into play, even if only for small parts. I like this as it keeps a series fresh and entertaining. Ds says he's not interested in reading any other Zigzag Kids books, but I am going to go back and read the first few to get a better feel for the series as I think this could be one I would recommend. I certainly recommend this one book. It is entertaining and humorous at times, though not exactly exciting.
Date published: 2012-05-04

Read from the Book

CHAPTER 1MONDAYSchool was over for the day. Whew!It was time for the Zigzag Afternoon Center.Mitchell McCabe darted into the lunchroom. He scooped up a snack from the counter.It was some kind of bread thing. It had green stuff inside. The green stuff crunched against his teeth.Mitchell gave his best friend, Habib, a poke. “Weird,” he whispered.The lunch lady must have heard. “I like to give out surprises all the time,” she said.“Dee-lightful,” Gina said.Mitchell and Habib grinned at each other. Dee-lightful was the music teacher’s favorite word. Gina was in love with music.Too bad she sang like a coyote.The lunch lady was watching. Mitchell didn’t want to hurt her feelings. He jammed the snack into his mouth.Habib was juggling his snack. It left little green chunks on the floor. Mitchell watched him swoop down and juggle them up again.“Come down to the auditorium, everyone,” Ellie, one of the college helpers, called. “There’s news! Great news!”Mitchell crossed his fingers. “Maybe they’re going to shut down the school,” he said.Habib stopped juggling. “Really?”“I saw it on television. A huge snowstorm. Whoosh. No school.”“It’s not winter,” Habib said. “Not even close.”Mitchell nodded. Still, this was the best time for school to shut down. His birthday was at the end of the week. He would have the whole week to celebrate.They passed the outside door. Mitchell looked around. Mrs. Farelli, the art teacher, would have a fit if he went out.He took a chance. He needed fresh air to get rid of the snack taste.He opened the door. A gust of air blew in. So did Popsicle sticks, an old homework paper, and--Rain!Enough for a bath.Mitchell opened his mouth wide to catch a drop. Ahhhhhh!“Shut the door!” Gina screamed behind them. “I’ll catch the worst cold of my life. My grandma Maroni says I have a weak throat.”Habib grabbed his neck. “Your throat needs muscles. Take it to the gym.”“Not funny,” Gina said.“Listen,” Mitchell told her. “We’re going to hear big news in the auditorium. Who knows? The school might shut down. You could stay in bed all day.”“Maybe it’s a trip to Hawaii,” Habib said. “You could go away.”Mitchell slid across the floor. “Look out, waves. Here I come!”Snap!That was Mrs. Farelli. She was on her way down the hall.She was a great finger snapper.“Someone is using his outside voice inside the Afternoon Center,” she said.It was a good thing Mrs. Farelli was standing straight as a stick.If she looked down, she’d see that homework paper floating in a rain puddle on the floor.Mrs. Farelli turned. She went the other way.“Dee-lightful,” Habib said.They dashed into the auditorium. Mitchell couldn’t wait to hear the news.His big sister, Angel, was in the front row. She was sitting with her friend Yolanda.Ellie was standing on the stage.Mr. Oakley, the grandfather who helped out, stood next to her. He wore his best jacket, with zigzag lines.And there was Mitchell’s teacher, Ms. Katz, with new purple eyeglasses.Mrs. Farelli slid into a seat at the end of Mitchell’s row. Her face was serious. And she was looking his way.Mitchell tried to look serious, too. He frowned hard. His eyebrows half covered his eyes.Ellie stepped forward. “Here’s our news,” she said.Mitchell forgot to look serious. He crossed his fingers and his toes.“No school, please,” he said under his breath.“Dee-lightful,” Habib said.