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Koala Is Not a Bear

Written by Kristin L. Gray & illustrated by Rachel McAlister
4.25 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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It’s Koala’s first day at camp, and she thinks she’s found her place in the Bear Cabin–until know-it-all Kangaroo tells Koala that she is not a bear. Koala lists all the ways in which she resembles her new friend, Grizzly, but Kangaroo isn’t buying it. As Koala tries to find her place, alert readers will recognize clues about where Koala belongs.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.25 / 7.0

Koala may look like a bear, but she’ll soon discover (as will you!) that she is, in fact, a marsupial (a.k.a. pouched mammal) as the note from the author explains more fully in the back. While the illustrations are truly adorable, and the book is informative (while still having a story) the very antagonistic and bullying tone of the kangaroo touting the fact that Koala is NOT a bear throughout the book seems slightly unneccessary, and a little off-putting.

Mr. Staccato
Spent many carefree hours hunting clues with the Hardy boys and defending Redwall Abbey.
4.25 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Koala Is Not a Bear

Kristin L. Gray

Kristin L. Gray is the author of <i>Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge</i> (which <i>Publishers Weekly </i>called a “sensitive and uplifting coming-of-age journey”) and <i>The Amelia Six</i>. Kristin loves to read, walk her dogs, and eat cake for breakfast. Her fourth-grade self would never believe she has five children, two dogs, one fish, a bearded dragon, and a shy gecko. She lives in northwest Arkansas. To learn more about Kristin, or to send her a cake, visit her online at

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