The interesting title encouraged me to pick this book off the library shelves.
“It befell that on the first day of Lent, Brother Hugo could not return his library book. ‘I shall have to inform the Abbot of this, Brother Hugo,’ said the librarian.”
That wonderful first sentence granted Brother Hugo and the Bear by Katy Beebe and illustrated by S. D. Schindler a place in my library bag.
Why could Brother Hugo not return his library book? Because a bear ate it!
Sounds preposterous, but Beebe based this beautiful picture book on a true story (read about it in the author’s note at the end of the book).
I love the “Old English” language of the book, and the interesting way it teaches children how books were made during the Medieval Ages.
Highly recommended for ages 3 -10.