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There’s a Bear on My Chair

There’s a Bear on My Chair

Author Ross Collins
Series Ross Collins




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Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and it just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But wait – is that a Mouse in Bear’s house?!

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What the Critics Said

“This stylish, Dr Seussian, laugh-together picture book delights in simple, scanning rhyme, funny lines, a surprise ending and Collins’s sure, comical draughtsmanship.”

The Sunday Times

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“Take one gorgeously indignant (almost apoplectic) mouse, one (almost unfeasibly) laid back bear and that (Almost Entirely Only) One Rhyme and what you get is a picture book that reads with breathless ease: an object lesson not only in rhyming repetition, but visual repetition within which there is to be found a riot of variety of colour, expression, mood and character interplay.”

The Guardian

“This eye-catching rhyming book from a multi-award winning author/illustrator finds Mouse with an unwelcome guest who proves hard to shift despite all Mouse’s ruses… until Mouse works [out] how to get his own back.”

– The Best New Children’s Books Summer 2015 Guardian supplement

“Smart, sassy wordplay, classy typography and endearing, enduring illustrations come together here to create a shared reading experience that’s pure pleasure for narrator and audience alike, no matter how many times this clever, funny book is pulled from the shelf (which, you should be warned, is likely to be a lot once it’s been discovered). It’s such a simple idea, playing on a feeling that most children will recognise: the very specific sense of impotent frustration that is felt when someone else is sitting on a chair you know, but cannot exactly prove, is ‘yours’. Ross Collins captures the increasing irritation of the mouse who is convinced his place has been usurped with affectionate accuracy – and the little rodent’s righteous indignation is even more hilarious as it becomes clear that the polar bear with whom he is so outraged is utterly oblivious of his existence, let alone his claim on the seat in question. Internal rhymes keep the story bouncing along, and the range of options Collins comes up with for ‘bear/chair’ is impressive; might your charges be able to pool their resources and put together a similarly lengthy and varied list for another creature? What if there were a cat on their mat? Or a flea in their tea?”


“A must-purchase and instant classic for storytime and one-on-one sharing. Sure to become a favourite.”

School Library Journal 

“Silly, laugh-out-loud fun.”

– Kirkus

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Chinese (simplified), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, US English, Turkish, Ukrainian, Russian

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  1. 4 out of 5


    This is the story of a very unhappy mouse whose chair has been inexplicably taken by a polar bear. This very clever story starts off quite simply but builds momentum as the mouse gets increasingly agitated about the bear being on his chair. It’s chock full of interesting rhyming words like ‘flair’ and ‘leisurewear’ and I kept wondering what words Ross would find next to rhyme with bear. Ross’ illustrations are sparse but full of humour. I especially love Mouse’s expressions as he tries all sorts of things to get bear to move, including offering him a pear and giving him a glare. Ross has used some great aspects of design in the book which make it stand out for me. Each of the pages is a different colour, with words that have a different emphasis highlighted in red. There are also a couple of pages with no words on them to highlight the suspense. It makes you wonder what is going to happen on the next page. I’ve read this aloud to younger children and they all love it!

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