I am always on the hunt for a new standalone graphic novel…well really any graphic novel. Becky knows this about me and when she came across this novel on NetGalley, she shared its existence with me.
Bear, like his siblings, has a special job to do, but unlike his siblings, he works as a guide dog instead of a K-9 officer. Bear and his human, Patrick, are such a good match and with Bear’s help Patrick feels like he is flying through life. One day, bear begins to lose his sight. He knows that he can no longer be a seeing-eye dog if he can’t see, right. Bear is desperate to fix his problem and is tricked by some raccoons living nearby. After getting lost away from his home in the woods, Bear meets many wildlife friends along the way, who help him see the world in a new way. Will Bear ever find his way back to Patrick?
Okay, so I know this is going to sound weird, but this book feels like a full length movie. If you consider a typical picture book a tv show, then this graphic novel would be a movie. I know that many parents like to use longer chapter books as bedtime stories for little ones, and I think this novel can fill that place as well. While I wish that it was broken into chapters, to help facilitate places to take breaks, I can see Bear becoming a beloved character of many children. Visually, when Bear loses his sight, the book stays just as appealing (if not more so) than when he could see. The book is like a constellation of setting and Bear and the reader are learning to navigate the environment together.