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Hibernation Hotel by John Kelly and Laura Brenlla

How do you feel about checking in to a luxury Hibernation Hotel to sleep for the winter? This is the amusing story of a bear who did just that although he soon discovers that it’s not where you stay that solves the problem of not being able to sleep, it’s who you’re sleeping with.

The Story: Bear is trying to sleep but his cave is too full of sleeping friends so he checks into a luxury hotel. He takes advantage of all the facilities but he still can’t get comfortable and go to sleep. Bear decides to order something to eat from room service but he gets a huge surprise when the bellboy wheels in his trolley…

Bear’s snoring, smelly friends are keeping him awake so he drives to a hotel for some peace and quiet. His hotel room has a wonderfully big bed and all the home comforts that a bear could possibly want but something just doesn’t feel right, Bear becomes especially sad when he watches television but ultimately the friends that he has escaped from are the friends who help him get to sleep.

Laura Brennla’s illustrations are full of amusing details, my daughter’s favourite illustration shows Bear drinking a ‘huge slurp of water’ – we won’t spoil the surprise and tell you where he got it from! We had read the story a few times before we realised that there is a clue to the ending in the illustration showing Bear driving to the hotel, it was a real aha! moment which led us to scour the illustrations for more clues!

Hibernation Hotel would be a great book to use in the classroom to introduce children to the concept of hibernation and which animals hibernate during the winter. Bear’s friends include a tortoise and a hedgehog and children could be encouraged to research other animals that hibernate or, as we discovered after reading this story, don’t hibernate but just sleep a lot like Bear’s friends Skunk and Racoon.

This humorous story is perfect for bedtime. Bear does finally get to sleep but you’ll have to read the story to find out where and with who!

Age Range: 3 +

Author: John Kelly / Illustrator: Laura Brenlla

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy of Hibernation Hotel. It’s the perfect read for this time of year 🙂


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14 responses to “Hibernation Hotel by John Kelly and Laura Brenlla”


  1. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds like a lovely book and I’m guessing he had a drink from the toilet?!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Good guess! You’ll have to read it to find out 😉


  2. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Sounds a fun book. Wouldn’t mind doing that myself #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I know, hibernation in luxurious surroundings sounds very appealing – especially at this time of year!


  3. Acorn Books avatar

    This sounds like a very sweet book and a great one for helping to teach children about hibernation. #Readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a very amusing introduction to the concept of hibernation 🙂


  4. Jo (A Rose Tinted World) avatar

    This sounds like such a cute little book, perfect for winter #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a perfect story to curl up with when it’s cold outside 🙂


  5. Kate avatar

    Have always loved the whole concept of hibernation and this book will introduce it well to youngsters. Could quite fancy having a few months in a luxury hotel myself as it goes and love how my Beagle always looks like he feels the same at this time of year! #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, a few days in a luxury hotel would be a perfect antidote to the madness of this time of year!


  6. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    Well isn’t this perfect for the season ahead! This sounds very funny indeed. Thank you for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fabulous story for this time of the year. I’m quite tempted to check into a luxury hotel and hibernate too 😉


  7. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a fun way to learn all about hibernation. I wonder where bear finally went to sleep?

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. I hope you have had a lovely weekend. x


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’ll have to read the book to find out, we didn’t want to spoil the ending 🙂

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