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?!
There’s a Bear on My Chair
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“This stylish, Dr Seussian, laugh-together picture book delights in simple, scanning rhyme, funny lines, a surprise ending and Collins’s sure, comical draughtsmanship.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Silly, laugh-out-loud fun.”
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