Dog and Bear; Tricks and Treats


Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan/July 2014

Dog and Bear are back in three new Halloween stories that are sure to entertain and delight their many fans and win them new ones. Join them as they search for the perfect costume, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters (or not!), and then go trick-or-treating themselves.

featured review/New York Times

"In three new mini-stories, the beloved patchwork bear and his loyal dachshund friend bumble their way through Halloween... these little stories are a wonder of concision, perfect timing and simple, spot-on illustration."

starred review/Shelf Awareness
"Once again, Seeger proves she's a master of minimalism, allowing the barest of text and abundant white space to keep the focus on the two friends and the words and concepts young readers are acquiring. This is all treat."

Kirkus Reviews
"Hilarious... All the elements that have made these series titles such a hit are here... It's equally appealing as a read-aloud for the preschool set or as a well-formatted reader for children practicing their new skills. Seeger's tricks are readers' treats." 

School Library Journal
"The two friends are always ready to help each other out with a smile and laugh... A wonderful choice for bedtime reading... This is a great addition to Halloween collections, as it focuses on the fun, rather than the fright, of the holiday." 

Publishers Weekly
"Seeger skillfully sketches the characters' emotions and humor, and the 'gotcha' zingers that wrap up all three stories will leave readers with a smile." 

"The funny surprises will fool young readers, who will be delighted when the jokes are revealed... Colorful illustrations in acrylic paint and India ink complement the spare text in this appealing presentation about the favorite twosome." 

board book edition review/School Library Journal
"... Both stories end on a quirky, deeply satisfying note, and the textured images of the expressive characters, elegantly placed against a white background, are a delight."