Stories Aloud
Publication date: 01 Mar 2018
ISBN: 9781788000994
Size: 291 x 251 mm
Length: 32 pages

A Bear is a Bear

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A bear is a bear, except when he’s not. What would he be, if a bear FORGOT?

Poor bear! He’s all confused. Is he a bird? A moose? A fox? Or maybe even a . . . squirrel? And now winter is coming . . . perhaps Bear should curl up tight and settle down for a long, long sleep. He might remember who he is in the spring!

A funny, rhyming romp about an adorably baffled bear with an identity crisis! Little ones will love joining in with repeated phrases and picking their favourite animals, whether it’s a dancing fox or a cute red squirrel. Sharing this picture book with a little one is a great way to introduce them to seasons and the concept of hibernation. It has a sleepy theme that’s brilliant for bedtime, too!

This young, fun story from Karl Newson, who has been shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award, is illustrated with warmth and humour by the talented Anuska Allepuz, who has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the AOI Award.

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“A funny and beautifully illustrated story about just being yourself.”

– Baby London

“Allezpuz is an illustrator to watch, depicting trees, landscapes and creatures in this picture book with charm and humour. Newson’s simple, repetitive rhyming text about a bear with an identity crisis swings along cheerily and invites participation.”

– The Sunday Times

“Karl’s rhyming text takes the form of Bear’s internal monologue as he wanders hither and thither in his state of forgetfulness, and with its repeat refrain and cumulative structure, it’s a great ‘join in with’ read aloud… To render her mixed media scenes of the increasingly wintry forest and its animal inhabitants, Anuska Alleppuz has used a carefully considered, beautifully textured palette that really makes readers feel they’re with Bear every step of his journey – the highs and the lows – both physical and mental.”

Red Reading Hub

“Allepuz’s simple, uncluttered and painterly illustrations are the perfect match for Newson’s short, sweet and whimsical verse which gets straight to the heart of a little bear unsure of his place in the animal world.”

Lancashire Evening Post

“Such a fun picture book, beautifully illustrated and just a right old giggle!”

Book Monsters 

“Endearing, friendly and colourful.”

Minerva Reads 

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