(A Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2012) Bear dreams of becoming a comedian, writing and telling jokes that will make all of his woodland friends laugh, in this illustrated chapter book for readers 6 to 9. The only problem is that Bear has terrible stage fright. Whenever he speaks in front of a crowd, he get nervous: his knees knock, his paws pause, his fur freezes, and he stutters so much that he can barely speak. Bear gives up on his dream, until a little hummingbird named Emmy helps him find another way to achieve it.
"Kids will appreciate the funny scenarios that reflect their own language mix-ups as well as the warm camaraderie among the animal friends."—School Library Journal