Book Review: Greg Foley’s Good Luck Bear

Posted December 24, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Greg Foley’s Good Luck Bear

Good Luck Bear


Greg Foley

It is part of the Bear series and is a picture book in Hardcover edition that was published by Viking Books For Young Readers on February 5, 2009 and has 32 pages.

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Other books in this series include Thank You Bear, Don't Worry Bear, Make a Wish Bear, I Miss You Mouse

Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Thank You Bear, Don't Worry Bear, Make a Wish Bear, I Miss You Mouse

Part of the Bear picture book series and revolving around a cuddly cub of a Bear.

My Take

It’s a simple discovery that leads to a journey of negatives with the first three encounters while Groundhog poses a scary question, and Bunny is quite naughty, lol.

Parents may find each moment an opportunity to talk to their child about the possibilities — their negatives AND the positives.

Foley alternates pages with white for the graphics and a colored background for the text, using his typical, simple line drawings with his soft colors not quite filling in his characters. There’s a warmth in them that pulls you right in. They make me want to cuddle them up in my arms.

And that ending will make you laugh…!

The Story

While playing in a field one sunny day, Bear finds a three-leaf clover and decides to look for luck.

It’s a long, heartless search, and Bear isn’t sure if he should keep looking or give up . . . until Mouse sees something unusual.

“Does it have four leaves??” asks Bear.

“No . . .” says Mouse.

The Characters

Bear is the main character while Mouse is his best friend.

Monkey, Turtle, Elephant, Groundhog, Squirrel, and Bunny each has their own reaction to Bear’s hunt.

The Cover and Title

The cover has a soft yellow background with a caramel-colored, line-drawn, snuggly bear standing on his head — on ONE arm! — and curious about a three-leaf clover. There’s a milk-coffee-colored mouse doing the same stunt on top of Bear’s foot only with the opposite arm. Talk about luck! The title fills most of the cover beginning in the upper left corner, using a deep iron-textured brown in a rounded serif font. The author’s name is in the same brown and teeny in the lower left corner.

The title is what is being sought, for he wants to be a Good Luck Bear.