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A Bear is a Bear

A Bear is a Bear

Author Karl Newson
Illustrator Anuska Allepuz




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When one sleepy bear wakes up early from his winter sleep, he’s confused. Is he a bird? Or a moose? A fox perhaps? Or even a squirrel? No! He’s definitely a bear, and it’s time this bear went back to sleep . . .

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What the Critics Said

“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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