Thursday, June 4, 2015

Mr. Pig Live . . . with Bear!

Whoosh, crackle . . . BOOM! 

Oh my! We're having quite a thunderstorm here in the Enchanted Woods. Thank goodness today's guest on my hit talk show, MR. PIG LIVE, knows all about finding comfort in thunderstorms. 

Please welcome the star of Salina Yoon's FOUND and her brand-new picture book, STORMY NIGHT, the cuddly . . .


Hello, Bear! What is your full name?
Um, my full name is Ber. No. Bar. No. Bear. Sorry. I’m nervous. I have never been interviewed before, Mr. Pig!

It's OK. Tell me, do you have a belly button?
I do not, but I do have a belly. A big round one, in fact. And I do have buttons. They are just not on my belly.

Oh, interesting. What is the best thing about being you?
I have a best friend that is a soft bunny whose name is Floppy.

What is the worst thing about being you?
Sometimes I get scared.

If you have a pocket, what is in it right now?
A jelly sandwich. Just half. And a button.

From STORMY NIGHT. Illustration copyright 2015 by Salina Yoon.
What is your favorite word?
Igloo. It is fun to say, and makes your mouth move.  

Igloo. Igloo. Igloooooooo. Yes, I see what you mean. What's you least favorite word?

What is your favorite sound?
Hee-hee, ha-ha! — the sound of laughter.

What is your least favorite sound?
BOOM! —the sound of thunder.

From STORMY NIGHT. Illustration copyright 2015 by Salina Yoon.
Share one thing that most of our readers don’t know about you.
I want to be a teacher when I grow up because they are the nicest people in the world, other than Mama and Papa. And Floppy.

Teachers are the best! What one word best describes you?

What is your idea of the perfect day?
Riding my tricycle with Floppy in my basket and going for a picnic!

If a genie gave you one wish, what would you wish for?
That all lost toys be FOUND!

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Pancakes with maple syrup. 

Mmm. If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring?

What are you reading right now?
A Perfect Day, by Bear E. Goodbook. (You can see me read it in Stormy Night!)
From STORMY NIGHT. Illustration copyright 2015 by Salina Yoon.
What is your pet peeve?
I don’t have a pet. And I would not name him Peeve.

What was it like working with Salina Yoon?
Ms. Salina is nice. We have picnics in the garden, and we talk about our day. Then she writes them down. I think they become books, but I’m not sure.

Oh, Bear! You're so modest. Thanks for joining us today. Will you please stay for lunch? Our caterer, Nina of Mamabelly's Lunches with Love, has prepared an adorable Bear-and-Floppy bento lunch just for YOU! 

(Psst. Scroll down to see the Stormy Night bento lunch.)

Wow! Thank you beary much, Mr. Pig!

Salina Yoon is the award winning author/illustrator of many books for children, including the popular Bear and Penguin picture book series.
FOUND and STORMY NIGHT are published by Bloomsbury. Salina is currently writing and illustrating Bear's third book. Salina's forthcoming book, Penguin's Big Adventure, the fifth book in Penguin's series, will be available in September. 

To learn more about Salina, click here to visit her website. 


Bloomsbury, January 2015
HC ISBN 978-0802737809
PB ISBN 978-1408862315

"This comforting story successfully addresses the common fear of storms for a young audience....This storm's impact has no lasting power against a family's love." --School Library Journal

"Readers will appreciate the graduating reassurances that range from self-soothing to group hugs...Youngsters will empathize with Bear and derive comfort from the loving togetherness his family displays while keeping the storm at bay. " --Kirkus Reviews

Bloomsbury, Coming September 2015!
Board Book ISBN 978-1619637306 

Penguin embarks on his next journey -- becoming the first penguin to explore the North Pole! Along the way, he says hello to all of his old friends. But when he finally reaches his destination, he realizes he's all alone in a strange, foreign place. How will Penguin overcome his fears of the unknown and enjoy this new adventure?

Countless readers and reviewers have already come to love the adorable Penguin, and Salina Yoon continues to expand this still-growing series with a timeless story of firsts and friendship.

Walker Books, April 2014
HC ISBN 978-0802735591
PB ISBN 978-1408854402

"A terrific combination for preschoolers and early readers who will sympathize with Bear's competing desires." --New York Times Book Review

* "A thoughtful, flawlessly executed exploration of theory of mind and emotional intelligence." --Publishers Weekly, starred review


  1. Of course I FOUND this to be bear-y adorable. xo to Salina and friends!

  2. We see what you did there, Cathy. Thanks for commenting! A big bear hug to you from Mr. Pig. xo