The Berenstain Bears Play Football by Mike Berenstain

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

Book Information

Title: The Berenstain Bears Play Football
Author: Mike Berenstain
Published by: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher
Copyright 2017 by Berenstain Publishing, Inc.
No. of pages: 30

About the Author:

Mike Berenstain is continuing the legacy of Stan and Jan Berenstain who started the Berenstain Bears series. Mike writes and illustrates the books. According to the official Berenstain Bears website, “He lives and works in the rolling countryside of Eastern Pennsylvania–a place that looks very much like Berenstain Bear Country.”

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“The Berenstain Bears Play Football” is a fun family story about playing a sport outside the home, instead of just watching it on TV.

Football is such a big sport in the United States that watching the Superbowl on TV has become a big family event. In the Bear Country, the Berenstain Bears were supposed to watch the Grizzly Bowl, which is the equivalent of the Superbowl in their world.

The story even takes a jab at the air time that commentators and ads receive. When the cubs got bored waiting for the game to start, they decided to play a game instead. What better game to play than Football?

One by one, the grownups notice the cubs having a great time. Soon, Grizzly Gran, Gramps, and every other grownup join in the fun! They had so much fun that they forgot all about the Grizzly Bowl about to start on TV.

Values or Lessons

The book highlights the importance of play and teamwork, instead of sitting and idly watching TV. While Football is a very physical game to play, the book stressed the importance of playing with each other and taking care not to hurt each other. Even grownups can learn a lesson or two from this book.


The artwork follows the traditional illustrations and colors of the Berenstain Bears books. Nothing revolutionary or fancy. But it has the signature look and feel of the Berenstain Bears that generations of kids have loved.

Also, the text is set is a sans serif font, easy to read, and does not distract from the flow of the story and the illustrations.

Fun Factor

Our son enjoyed reading this book. We are not football fans at home. It’s a sport that I don’t really understand. But he loved the idea of playing outside and having fun instead of watching TV.

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