Title: Bear Company | Series: Dark Corps #1 | Author: Cameron Alexander | Pub. Date: 2017-7-8 | Publisher: Bickering Owls Publishing | Pages: 103 | ASIN: B073TP9FR7 | Genre: Kids science fiction | Language: English | Triggers: Mention of maternal death (happened in past) | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited
World-famous scientist Dr. Peter Barnes has been kidnapped and forced to open a portal to another dimension, letting shadowy creatures known as the Dark into our world. Halfway around the planet, five stuffed bears activate and become Bear Company, the armored protectors of the scientist’s son, Timmy.
Together they will embark on a dangerous journey to reunite Timmy with his father. But the Dark will be seeking him out at every turn—lucky for Timmy, he has Bear Company to keep him safe, and to ensure that the Dark is kept at bay.
Bear Company Review
This was a cute book. I had a grin on my face for most of the time I was reading Bear Company. It’s a quick, easy read that pits teddy bears against shadow monsters. While Timmy’s dad, Dr. Barnes, isn’t with Timmy, he’s not absent from the book either. Even from halfway across the world, he does everything he can to protect his son. And, being that he’s a world-famous scientist, he has some nifty tricks up his sleeves. The mother is absent (it seems like there’s always an absent parent, doesn’t there?) but it’s pretty clear early on that she might not be as absent as one might think.
The premise is just fun. A little boy’s teddy bears, when activated, come to life to protect him. These squishy McStuffersons can get completely covered in armor, and are ready to rock and roll. Each of them have different abilities. All of them are adorable. And they’re willing to brave the forces of darkness to protect their charge. Even if that means they have to face stinky sewers and battle shadow monsters. And Timmy is willing to do what he can to fight, as well.
While there are a few fight scenes in Bear Company, it’s very age appropriate. The teddy bears shoot light to combat the shadows. And when a teddy bear is hurt, he’s able to be stitched right back up. There’s no blood or major ouchies to deter the sensitive little reader. But there’s enough action to thrill adventurous young ones, anyway.
Really, the only problem I have with Bear Company is that it ends on a cliffhanger. Not a massive one, but Bear Company doesn’t see Timmy completely through the danger. It doesn’t even give us the reveal that is teased a few times. It’s not something that most little kids would have a problem with, but it’ll bug the paying parent. The second book, Wolf Squad, is already out. One can only hope that it completes the arc started in Bear Company.
Overall, an adorable book with a fur-ocious battle or two of stuffies versus shadows, Bear Company was a delight to read, and perfect for beginning chapter readers.